The desire to always do something good irrespective of the surroundings one finds himself in determines whether the person can be of good ethics or bad ethics. In business, there are different spectrums through which this principle of ethics is applied. For the principle to be functional in the proper way there is the need for everyone in the business to embrace the principle and start the action of doing ethical activities right from within himself. The business ethics helps the people to distinguish between ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ choices and then being able to make the right choice. For the principle to be fully effective, the normal activities run down to the personal code of ethics that everyone in the business sector should be having.
The personal code of ethics is the ability to know the different choices that a person is bound to make out of several choices that are offered to him. The natures of the choices are determined by several factors in the business environment. In developing a personal code of ethics, one needs to first distinguish between the different groups in business that a person is likely to encounter. There is the employees group, the employer’s group, the suppliers group, customers and neighbors as well as the shareholders of the business. The identification of the different groups enables one to identify the proper channels of relating with each group and the ability to make the right choices in the different encounters that one finds. The personal code of ethics allows one to evaluate every business decision using predefined principles that are tied to the general laws on ethics. When one is able to classify the different decisions as to the groups mentioned above, the choosing of right decisions becomes considerably easy.
The personal code of ethics originated from a study on some of the high ranking officials of different reputable institutions as well as analyzing the different decisions that they made. The officials had a certain ability of making a decision that was poised to take the institution to another level in terms of ethics. In watching the officials, the personal code of ethics was developed into a functional principle that was used in helping understand the different choices that a business person has to make on each day in business.
There are major influencers of the personal code of ethics. Chief among all influencers is the relationship between a person and the rest of the organization. The level of social interaction between a person and the rest of the organization determines the difficulty that one has to pass through to make the right decisions that will suit all. The ethics of the society at large also influence the nature of the choices that are made under the organization. The decisions that one makes affects the society in the long run and thus the effect of a decision should be considered before one makes a decision.
In conclusion, the personal code of ethics is a guideline that is used to enhance the moral choices that individuals in an organization make. The code of ethics helps the different individuals to segregate the different groups in an organization, analyze the needs of every group and then make a decision that supports the general good morals as well as the business morals. The level of precision of the decisions made out of the code of ethics depends on the surrounding features in the organization.