Ethicsor morals entail mechanisms that defend, systematize as well asrecommend conceptions of right or wrong. Morals guide how we relateto each other. The ethical behaviors are quite many. They includetransparency, accountability, honesty, and respect for others.Honesty is a virtue that tends to pose challenges to many people. Itis often quite easy to lie without feeling guilt. In our dailyundertaking, we lie many times on a daily basis. Whether the lie ishuge or small, they still represent dishonesty. In the businessperspective, workers lie at each other, bosses lie to their employeesand vice versa. In fact, lies move in all directions at variouscapacities. Lies are the most common unethical behaviors that peoplecommit without necessarily caring. People lie without even realizing.In this paper, I will explain some means by which people lie withoutputting too much emphasis. Reflecting on my week, the paper will alsodiscuss some important lessons gained from telling the truth. Inaddition to that, some instances where the truth is hard to sharewill be elaborated.
Dishonestycomes in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some individuals lie bymistake whereby they tend to believe wholeheartedly in their words.Some just lie boldly, knowing why they are doing so. Others justspeak white lies to protect themselves. All these are lies. One thingI learned from my experience is that we lie profusely depending onsituations. For instance, an employee decides to lie to his/her bossjust to please them and receive some appreciation. An employee cantell the boss that work is almost done even if he/she has juststarted. Such a lie is dangerous, especially if the bosses realizethe truth. Some common types of dishonesty which masquerade astolerable conducts include:
Misrepresentation– twisting the facts to mislead deliberately or present a falseimpression. It involves spinning of the actual truth by offeringviews that seem factual, but are fake in reality. In the businessperspective, companies indulge in lies to attract customers. They liein advertisements to an extent that the clients believe in them.However, after purchasing the given item, it ends up being theopposite of what they expected (Teoro, 2015).
Omission– it entails leaving out relevant information to deceive peopledeliberately. I may tell a colleague half of the information to get afavor intentionally. However, presenting half the truth is similar totelling a great lie. Companies are sometimes forced, to tell thetruth, especially if the products or services contain harmfulelements. For instance, a tobacco company must caution theircustomers about the adverse effects of cigarettes. The omission ofsuch details can cause severe consequences. However, it is our dutyto give full details without omitting anything. We should not beforced to tell the truth, even if it means limited profits (Paige,2016).
Fabrication– it entails an intentionally created untruth. They arecharacterized by rumors, gossip among other falsehoods. Fabricationis a common ill between competing corporations attempting to win overcustomers. They are also seen among celebrities when a publicationintentionally creates a lie just to sell to the public. Sometimescelebrities are forced to face challenging situations because ofgossip and spread of rumors.
Exaggeration– it involves stretching the facts just to give a positiveimpression. The advertising industry in more conversant with thisaspect. They may overstretch the truth just to appease the consumers
Otherforms of dishonesty include redirection, false recognition, cover-up,broken promises, and hypocrisy. Another mere dishonest act is livinga lie. People try to live or do things that attract others, yet theyare not the actual self. In my weeklong activity, I realized thatlies had become part of us to an extent that we do not think they arewrong. Telling the truth always is hard. In one instance I told thetruth, and people gazed at me with astonishing faces. It sometimeslooks unreal when sharing the truth.
Honestycan never be overstated. Though lies do not ring alarms, they lead tosomething directly and indirectly. Standing for honesty entailsbelieving in oneself regardless of the situation. Everything that issaid in honesty replicates credibility. It is a good reputation whenpeople refer to you as an honest individual. Some of the aspects thatthings that illustrate honesty include thinking before speaking,telling people the way it is and avoid sugarcoating, give bothaspects to engender objectivity, accepting responsibility wheneverthere is a mistake, explain your rationale, do not discriminateagainst a truth teller, avoid compromising integrity, and communicateopenly (Sonnenberg, 2016).
Itis not appropriate to share the truth only when it is fitting.Honesty ought to be a lifestyle. It means deeply trusting, cherishingand valuing the vitality of reputation. Honesty is key toestablishing a lasting relationship. As a matter of fact, it is oneof the values that is common in most of the institutions. Whether itis in marriage, organizations and church among other agencies,honesty is paramount.
Ifwe understand the value of telling the truth, we will make it part ofus. A series of lies begin with saying just a single lie. Businessethics require us to abide by the truth regardless of the situation.Though some aspects put entrepreneurs in precarious situations ordilemmas, abiding by the truth should be our goal.
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