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BA 490 Ethics Exploration Interview Interoffice Memorandum

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INTEROFFICE MEMORANDUM
TO:
DR. ALLEN GEIWITZ
FROM:
JASMINE G. AZEEM
SUBJECT:
ETHICS EXPLORATION INTERVIEW
DATE:
MARCH 21, 2017
CC:
GEORGE MCKINNEY, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR,
GREENWOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
Business ethics is the practice of business policies and handling potential issues in the
workplace. I enjoyed interviewing Mr. George McKinney, Emergency Management
Coordinator of Greenwood County in Greenwood, South Carolina. The interview on
March 17 provided me with excellent advice that will help strengthen my knowledge of
ethics in the workplace. In addition, this interview taught me how ethics can create a safe
and positive environment within the workroom. During the interview, we discussed how
to behave ethically and how to handle unethical behavior in the workplace.
1. What do you consider ethical and unethical behavior in the workplace?
McKinney- My preceptor stated that following state regulations is considered
ethical behavior in the workplace. In government jobs, it is the responsibility as a
state employee to purchase and use materials from taxpayers’ money for
authorized purposes. McKinney discussed every employee should not be using
things such as government vehicles for personal gain. In addition, my preceptor
states that copying and filing government record is illegal and unethical behavior
in the workplace. Generally, McKinney discussed that being untrustworthy with
government materials is considered unethical in the workplace.
Student’s Reflection- McKinney’s response to the question gave me insight on
how government regulations focus on privacy rights and fairness. State jobs have
privacy laws that prevent employees from disclosing information freely. Copying
and filing government information is illegal and unethical since individuals can
sue companies for disclosing sensitive information. In addition, fairness is a
characteristic of ethical behavior. Since the Government is using taxpayers’
money for county services, employees should not use them for personal
acquisitions.
2. Have you taken a course or had any training in business ethics?
McKinney- In the next question, Mr. McKinney indicated that his training was on
a state-level ethics rules. He states that leaders teaching the ethics class should be
as direct and clear as possible when explaining government rules. Employees
need to understand government policies from business ethics. Polices in state and
local level jobs can be stricter and difficult. In the ethics classes, state employees
are given information such as ethics policies to read and sign annually. Ethics

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policies in state-level jobs can be employees not using government funds to
purchase foods from the same restaurant continuously.
Student’s Reflection- From his response, many states have additional regulations
for employees to keep in mind. In addition, training in ethics is the foundation of
an organization’s success. In order for a state government job to succeed, they
must share with their employees the regulations and importance. The purpose of
training in ethics can remind employees of ethical considerations in the
workplace. These training resources prepared each employee on how to behave
and perform in the workplace.
3. Describe an ethical work situation you encountered in the past and how you handled it?
McKinney- My preceptor and his supervisor were driving in a government state
vehicle to a conference. On the road, his supervisor asked McKinney to take him
to a store to buy a friend a gift. My preceptor thought about the situation as
unethical. He stated that state employees should not be using any government
property for personal use. McKinney explained to his supervisor professionally
about using the state vehicle for personal gain. His supervisor understood the
situation and decided to drive his own car to the store.
Student’s Reflection- From his statement, I learned that before making a decision
or action we need to think if it is ethical or unethical. When an employee thinks a
request makes them uneasy, they have a right to question that request. Unethical
actions such as lying to clients and destroying documents can be unethical and
illegal within any company. It is important for every employee to discuss the
potential effects of any action taken on themselves, their co-workers, and the
company. There are consequences for behaving and acting unethically.
4. What would you do if you were in a situation where a coworker was doing something
illegal or against company policy?
McKinney- His response was to talk to his co-worker and warn him/her about the
unethical behavior or action. In addition, my preceptor states that he wants to
explain to his co-worker why the behavior or action is unethical. If unethical
action or behavior is repeated, McKinney says that he will talk to his supervisor
about the situation.
Student’s Reflection- From his response, it is important to access how employees
deal with conflict on their team. Dealing with unethical co-workers is a part of
professional life. It takes communication and professionalism to deal with
unethical behavioral in the workplace effectively. If any employees notice
unethical behavior in a co-worker, meet with him/her in private to discuss the
matter. Handling unethical situations require employees to try to fix the situation.
5. Have you ever faced a situation when you had to take a longer way of doing something in
order to adhere to proper professional standards? Details?
McKinney- My preceptor said that he faced this kind of situation daily in the
workplace. He explained how employees would have to follow state policies

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INTEROFFICE MEMORANDUM TO: FROM: SUBJECT: DATE: CC: DR. ALLEN GEIWITZ JASMINE G. AZEEM ETHICS EXPLORATION INTERVIEW MARCH 21, 2017 GEORGE MCKINNEY, EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT COORDINATOR, GREENWOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT Business ethics is the practice of business policies and handling potential issues in the workplace. I enjoyed interviewing Mr. George McKinney, Emergency Management Coordinator of Greenwood County in Greenwood, South Carolina. The interview on March 17 provided me with excellent advice that will help strengthen my knowledge of ethics in the workplace. In addition, this interview taught me how ethics can create a safe and positive environment within the workroom. During the interview, we discussed how to behave ethically and how to handle unethical behavior in the workplace. 1. What do you consider ethical and unethical behavior in the workplace? • McKinney- My precep ...
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