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When you walk in the door to work every day, you see the familiar faces of people who share the same goal--to get along well and work together to make your company successful. At least, that's how it should be.

Discrimination and harassment can get in the way of achieving this goal.

Most ethical dilemmas, however, share some common characteristics. Often, they

What is an ethical dilemma?

And they often
 
 
    present more than two options
 
    are emotionally difficult
 
    arise out of situations that change over time
 
    are not subject to laws, regulations, or rules
 
    involve a conflict between two positive values
 
    are subject to pressure from outside forces

Certain thoughts, like "it's no big deal" or "I deserve this,"  " This is a part of the job" (entitilement) occur to people facing ethical dilemmas. These thoughts should act as warning signs--you have a better chance of recognizing ethical dilemmas when you tune in to them.

The ethics quick test

The test consists of four questions:
 

 
    Will taking the action I'm considering violate any laws or company policies?
 
    Will taking the action I'm considering negatively impact others?
 
    Will others feel I owe them something--or they owe me something--in return if I take the action I'm considering?
 
    Could the action I'm considering appear improper?
The ethics quick test

Where can you turn for input? Here are some resources:

 
    Your company's core values and code of conduct
 
    Your supervisor, your supervisor's supervisor, or another manager
 
    Your company's law department
 
    Your company's HR department or ethics department, if it has one
 
    An individual you consider to be an ethical role model

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