Prior to making any decision, you should bear in mind these two most common questions in ethical decision making. Will your actions be ethical if you are asked to do something? How will come up with an ethical decision if you are required to personally make the decision?
In following orders from a superior, be sure to include these factors before making decisions.
• Know your priorities and loyalty
• Be loyal to your own self
• Your loyalty to the company
• Your loyalty to your superior
Always bear in mind the priorities: first is yourself, the company and last is your supervisor. If you are aware that what is being told you to do is wrong, don’t do it. When aren’t sure what is right, then ask the people in authority. Don’t hesitate to ask until you finally get an answer.
The process in making ethical decisions also involve choosing and evaluation all the alternatives in a more consistent way that integrates ethical principles. It is crucial to include the important elements when doing ethical decision making. It is always right versus wrong. You should always consider what will be the future implications of your actions. Evaluating vague, complex and insufficient facts is also important to obtain the needed information. Choose the alternative which you think will be the best to resolve the ethical problems.