The 3 R’s” of Business Ethics

Like to enhance your reputation as an ethical business person and team member? One of the best ways to do that is by focusing on – and mastering – “The 3 R’s”:

The first “R” of business ethics is RESPECT. It’s something that must be applied to people, organizational resources, and your environment. And it includes behaviors such as:

  • Treating everyone (customers, coworkers, vendors, etc.) with dignity and courtesy;
  • Using company supplies, equipment, time, and money appropriately, efficiently, and for the business’ business only;
  • Protecting and improving your work environment, and abiding by all rules and regulations that exist to protect our world and our way of life.

The second “R” of business ethics is RESPONSIBILITY – to your customers, your coworkers, your organization … and to yourself. Included here are behaviors such as:

  • Providing timely, high-quality goods and services;
  • Working collaboratively and carrying your share of the load;
  • Meeting all performance expectations and adding value to everything you’re involved with.

The third “R” of business ethics is RESULTS. More accurately, it’s right results – the kind where the how’s are equal in weight to the what’s … where means to achieving ends are just as important as the ends themselves. Obviously, you’re expected to get results for your organization and for your customers. But you’re also expected to get those results legally and ethically. Allow yourself to lose sight of this, and you jeopardize your business and your career.

James R. Carson is a teacher, facilitator and advisor whose dynamic yet common sense approach to success and growth has been presented to and implemented in the educational, faith-based, business, and personal settings. His ability to “see things as they are and to do things as they ought to be done” is the foundation and core of his Common Sense Teaching. James is the author of “ABCs of Business Gardening” – a mini eBook and “Profit Through Customer Service” an online business training.

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