In your business/career, is being 100% ethical or making money more important to

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  1. Express10 profile image88
    Express10posted 5 years ago

    In your business/career, is being 100% ethical or making money more important to you, and why?

  2. davidlivermore profile image97
    davidlivermoreposted 5 years ago

    Actually, I prefer to do a good job.  That is most important to me.  I don't complain about the money I make.  I don't think people should.

    But, to answer your specific question - I would say I would be more ethical.  In my line of work, I have to be.  I have no choice.  If I choose to be unethical, I could be fired and won't have any money anyways.

    Yes, we all want more money, but I don't want to sacrifice my ethics to do it.

    1. AlexK2009 profile image91
      AlexK2009posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think your attitude about complaining might be different if you were on a minimm wage zero hours contract.

      Ethical is better in the long run

  3. CroftRoan profile image80
    CroftRoanposted 5 years ago

    As my current situation stands money should be the most important thing but I can't ignore my morals either. I mostly agree with davidlivermore in that doing a good job is a preference for me. As long as I can do what I'm supposed to given my abilities, shortcomings, and moral standing then little else matters in the working world to me.

    1. AlexK2009 profile image91
      AlexK2009posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I have had contracts terminated because i tried to do a good job and that takes time. The client wanted speed  and told me quality was optional.  I suspect in many businesse if ethics gets in the way  of profit you get sacked

  4. cheek0o profile image63
    cheek0oposted 5 years ago

    Ethics are more important..paying people fairly for their work on time is more importAnt to me then making more money..morals should not be sacrificed

  5. Mel Jay profile image92
    Mel Jayposted 5 years ago

    Always ethics first for me smile  I choose to work in an ethical profession because being ethical is important to me.  My line of work is closely scrutinised for ethical behaviour, so even if I was more money-minded I would be found out if I did something unethical and then I would have no job and no money!  I need to sleep well with a clear conscience more than I need extra money.  It might be different if I was desperately poor - it always easy to have ethics when you can afford them - but I hope I never find out if my ethics have a price.

    1. Express10 profile image88
      Express10posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Being able to look yourself in the mirror and get a good night's sleep is very important. I never thought of our ethics as having a price, well said.

  6. Savio Dawson profile image94
    Savio Dawsonposted 5 years ago

    Hi Express 10
    A choice between being ethical or making money is no more a choice! Look around you, the mighty banks of the past, the CEOs of great corporations, all down and out only because they were greedy and compromised on ethics. It is no more what I think but proof that I need to be ethical.

    Besides, I have experienced that once I am honest and ethical, money anyway comes to me. Think about it, wouldn't you want to retain an employee or partner or colleague who is dependable and honest at the job? If yes, then would you not mind paying him or her more to stick with you? If yes again, then being honest and ethical is the way to go!!

  7. stars439 profile image73
    stars439posted 5 years ago

    Good question. I feel that good reliable bussiness involves following certain rules. Good bussiness involves paying taxes on time. It involves following safety rules if machinery is involved. Good bussiness involves providing decent benefits to workers along with proper hours, and fair wages. Bussiness should involve ethics if it is intended to last a long time.

    1. AlexK2009 profile image91
      AlexK2009posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Why would businesses need ethics when they can close down and start again under another name once they have milked their customers and workers dry? This behaviour is, I am told,  common in (for example) recruitment agencies: I experienced it once.

    2. Express10 profile image88
      Express10posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      AlexK2009, you have made such a great point. Many people have experienced unethical businesses whether as employees or as customers.

  8. IDONO profile image81
    IDONOposted 5 years ago

    Your question almost sounds like an oxymoron. In today's world, sadly, it seems like ethics and profit can no longer co- exist. I'm sure there are some businesses like that, but for some reason we don't hear much about them.
         I would say ethics is much more important. Gaining wealth at the expense of someone else and unethical practices somehow just doesn't sound too rewarding. I'd rather live a modest life and sleep at night.

  9. lburmaster profile image84
    lburmasterposted 5 years ago

    Ethical. Money comes and goes, but ethics will scar you for life.

  10. Abby Campbell profile image93
    Abby Campbellposted 5 years ago

    Being ethical is by far more important to me. What is money? It is usually the "root" to all evil. Though it is always nice to have more, and I'm thankful when I do have more, I do not focus on it. My satisfaction comes from helping people.


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