Sometimes, you’re faced with a situation in which you must make a difficult ethical decision. Our team at Lime Light Management has set up some guidelines to help you process the issue. When there are many competing interests at stake, it’s important to take the time to step back and think through your options. We recommend following these steps:
• Think Through Your Values: Take a moment to think through what your values are and how they impact the situation. They may create additional constraints on your actions beyond those created by laws, contracts, and other circumstances.
• Be Patient: Often, problems will resolve themselves without the need for you to step in and do anything, so feel comfortable knowing that taking the time to respond and think through the issues will likely help the situation in the long run. At Lime Light Management, leadership has worked hard to build a company culture based on ethics, and they emphasize the importance of patience as part of it.
• Collect Feedback: If you really don’t know what to do, find someone who might have some insight. Depending on the situation, this could be a trusted colleague, manager, or your customers. Be honest about the situation you find yourself in and the ethics constraints you feel are important.
If you still don’t know what to do, then you need to reach for outside help and advice. Making ethical decisions is always difficult, but with thought and consideration, you’ll find you can often come up with an option that is good for you and all other parties. For more thoughts on business ethics and many other topics, be sure to visit the Lime Light Management blog at limelightmanagementinc.com.