How Business Ethics Training Changed My Life

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Business Ethics With a Twist

 A personal experience by Roy Mackey

Ethics is an especially touchy topic for a lot of people. A cursory look on social media would have you cringing or liking posts about how to behave in any context, be it with romantic relationships, video games, transactions, and all the other stuff. Each post, each photo and each video will tell you how to act exactly in specific contexts, but there is always a certain image that you can find: that of a cliched romantic character from some washed up novel that was betrayed by their significant other, or that of the age-old disciple who had learned from a teacher not to do this or that thing, or the visage of some instructive figure who has knowledge of how people of every race, colour or creed should behave in a world that grows smaller and smaller with technology; these, or at least a very weary gamer who just took a verbal beating after losing to their enemies in their favourite video game. “Why these images,” you may so rightfully ask: because deep inside us is a need to shape the world we live in the way we individually see fit.

Make no mistake, there’s nothing so particularly wrong with that. You and I have set out to pursue our own paths, and we probably share very lofty ambitions. We want to leave legacies that would immortalise our name so that future generations won’t ever forget. The main reason why ethics should be studied, however, is the consequence that comes with pursuing what we individually think are correct and necessary. Some of us, after all, view what is right as helping others, while others view what is right as prioritising only their own survival. Unfortunately for us, these different perspectives have literally resulted to the deaths of millions of people throughout history. You can see, therefore, why ethics is extremely important: to arrive at the most proper mode of action is to prevent needless conflict and promote harmony within each and every group. Nay, it’s more than that: ethics is the one crucial aspect that distinguishes us from animals who act according only to their instincts. Ethics is the foundation upon which a collective sense of identity is built; upon which we can say that we truly are “human beings.”

However, this sense of identity that ethics is after isn’t static or monolithic, but dynamic and actually spread out across various disciplines. In the academe, for example, students are expected to be ethical when making their research papers by citing references properly and give the authors and thinkers before them the acknowledgment they so rightly deserve, as doing so will allow them to continue being “students” and “learners.” Similarly, businesses require employees, managers and founders to perform in an ethical manner, because doing otherwise won’t only make them a target for lawsuits or affect the overall productivity and profitability of companies, it can literally degrade their very humanity. After all, a human being isn’t some ant instructed by nature to perform certain tasks for their queen; they have their own hopes, dreams and aspirations, nor are they gods who hold absolute power over all the others around them. In other words, business ethics exists to prevent people from being what they are not.

Clearly, therefore, all employees, including myself, have to learn the basics of business ethics. Well, in my case, I had to learn them. How did I learn all of these? From Paramount Training and Development. See, before I even learned business ethics, I was quite sure that it was a supplementary course meant to give employees the usual “social media type” of instruction I talked about earlier. “Don’t do this,” “Don’t do that,” yada, yada and more yada. Little did I know that it was a training course meant to shape your overall character in a positive way. The thing is– and I know I’m not alone in this– we’re quite weary of social media posts that only tell you what to do and expect you to figure out from there the reasons why you shouldn’t do them. I mean, in a certain sense, it’s good to figure things out for yourself if the insights that can be drawn are particularly profound, but “social media ethics,” as I shall now brand it, makes you infer little more than consequence, which incidentally is just one more ethical standpoint called Consequentialism. As the name implies, it’s a perspective of ethics that views the correctness of every action as being entirely dependent on the consequences. In a sense, therefore, social media ethics is mostly consequentialist ethics.

Now, this isn’t to say that Consequentialism isn’t a deep ethical theory; it certainly is based on the amount of literature that you can research about it, but “social media ethics” is stale and cliche because they only actively display the method. “Don’t do this because this and that. You don’t want that, right? So don’t do it.” The more profound aspects of ethics are never brought to light. Paramount’s Twist, however, comes in the fact that their training sessions always explore different ethical ideas. They explain in a non-abstract way the idea that ethics is what allows employees and executives to collectively construct for themselves an identity that their company can anchor itself on. Through their trainers, I discovered that the biggest companies are often the ones with the most developed ethical frameworks.

Better still, these trainers actively teach you ethics without seeming too instructive. Rather, they let us explore the possibilities for ourselves and make us extract profound points of view through the many activities that they offer. Each activity made me interact and use my time with others to effectively construct for myself certain values that could effectively last me a lifetime. I believe that each activity made me identify myself more and more as a productive employee and a special human being. For me, it felt as though I wasn’t just training myself for my own end, but that I was doing the right thing for me and for others. With such an experience, I can only recommend you to inquire and get your training at Paramount Training and Development. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

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