Creating an Ethical Work Place – 7 Guidelines
for making Ethical Decisions
(Choose the appropriate guidelines for your case.)
The Professional Ethic:
Take actions that would be viewed as proper by a disinterested panel of
The TV Test:
Managers should always ask, “Would I feel comfortable explaining to a national
TV audience why I took this action?”
The Legal Test:
Is the proposed action or decision legal/? Established laws are generally
considered minimum standards for ethics.
The Four-way Test
Herb Taylor 1932, Rotary International):
Managers can feel confident that a decision is ethical if they can answer “yes” to the following questions:
Is the decision truthful?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build good will and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Christine Bauer-Ramazani; last updated: July 09, 2017