The past three years, as of the time of this writing, has seen many headlines in the news where business ethics were obviously lacking. There is the possibility that it is simply the same as it has always been, but appears to be worse. Over the last few hundred years, this has been a very common topic in relation to business in the world. Every business can choose to do things the right way, or go a completely different direction.
Good Business Ethics
Good business ethics is something that is handled differently depending upon the size of the business. There is quite a bit more stress and tension with larger businesses, opposed to small ones. Making a choice, and going with your decision, is all you can do.
There is actually a trickling down, from upper management to the workers, based upon their beliefs and attitudes in regard to business. Even if your workers do not have very high ethical standards, their conduct while at work should be somewhat ethical while on the job. So when you have ethical standards set up, it can help in such situations so that moral and ethical issues are handled appropriately. From time to time, ethical issues will arise with your workers. It is bound to happen. Without a doubt, these problems will have to be handle when they manifest. These problems will be very easy to handle, as long as the company has ethical standards set up to handle these issues.
Maintaining Positive Image
Sometimes companies will have stated ethical positions on certain issues, it will make decisions which are obviously opposing to what they said to be a standard that they hold dear. This is nothing new, and the general public has lost much faith in the words uttered by corporations. Living by their stated standards, many companies have found significant advantages to sticking with their positive moral decisions. This type of business will be able to maintain a positive public image which has both real and intangible benefits. Customers are more than likely to remain with the company that makes such ethical and positive decisions. They will also see word-of-mouth advertising shoot up, and their profits also rise accordingly. Simply stated, companies will reap what they sow due to this cause and effect.
Companies are always assessed (in regard to operations) by the customers that it has. Customer loyalty has declined, for many businesses, over the last few years. Assuming pricing remains constant with competition, there must be other factors affecting loyalty. Who they choose (meaning the customer) to do business with often has to do with how much integrity they perceive a company to have.
A business that is viewed as acting irresponsibly will suffer some loss in repeat business. Companies need to be very aware of their public relations, as well as their corporate image in the world today. As long as you’re business has ethics geared for business, your company will do well. Keeping to good ethics in your business is a matter of deciding to do it. All you have to do is make the choice and then have the faith that your business and you will be able to deal with any problems. Belief and bravery will also be required.