Ethical Behavior in the workplace

Quiz Question

1. The following can be definition of ethics:

  • The discipline of dealing with what is good and bad, and with moral duty and obligation. The principles of conduct governing an individual or a group.
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2. The following can be Principles of Ethics in Public Service in Louisiana or any part of the world

  • Public service in Louisiana is a trust; it should not be used for personal gain.
  • Make decisions on the merits, without partiality or prejudice.
  • Service should be conducted openly, equitably, and honorably.
  • Respect democratic principles, observing the letter and spirit of laws.
  • Avoid appearances of impropriety in order to promote integrity in government.
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3. The tools defined in this article can be used as a means for ethics and conduct within state government and many other places in general. The Tools are as follow:

  • Codes of Conduct
  • Policies and Procedures
  • Training Programs
  • Ethics Committees
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4. Codes of Conduct can be described as:

  • Examples of appropriate behavior within the workplace. Examples of topics generally covered by codes of conduct include: dress code, prohibition of drugs and alcohol in the workplace, confidentiality, discrimination.
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5. Policies and Procedures can be described as:

  • Managing values through the use of policies and procedures. For example, agencies that place a high value on customer service might implement policies to return phone calls or emails within a certain period of time. Also, establishing job descriptions that encourage behavior that is aligned with established values is another way to use policies and procedures to infuse the values of an agency.
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6. Training Programs: There is relay no need for having training programs. Everyone knows the ethical standards by watching T.V. So instead of wasting time doing orientations, the employees can watch TV and reality shows as an ethical guidelines.
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7. Ethics Committees: Some agencies appoint committees to consider ethical issues. Typically, these committees are comprised of managers and supervisors at various levels within the agency.
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8. The following is the principals of Louisiana Code of Ethics and can be implemented in many other States and public offices.

  • To ensure the public confidence in the integrity of government
  • To ensure the independence and impartiality of elected officials and public employees
  • To ensure that governmental decisions and policy are made through proper channels of the government structure
  • To ensure that public office and employment are not used for private gain.
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9. General Provisions of 1111A are described as:

  • No public servant shall receive anything of economic value, other than the compensation and benefits to which he is entitled from his governmental employer, for the performance of the duties and responsibilities of his office or position.
  • No public servant or other person shall give, pay, loan, transfer, or deliver or offer to give, pay, loan, transfer, or deliver, directly or indirectly, to any public servant or other person anything of economic value which such public servant or other person would be prohibited from receiving by any provision of the Ethics Code.
  • Thus, persons who give prohibited gifts to public servants violate §1117 of the Code and are subject to the enforcement proceedings and penalties for their violation.
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10. With regards to the exceptions for thing of economic value:

  • Reasonable transportation and entertainment which are incidental to the food and drink are allowed. This exception does not allow a public servant to accept travel expenses to any location merely because meals are provided during the travel.
  • Tickets to a civic, non-profit, educational or political event are allowed, but only where the public servant is a program honoree, a panel member, or giving a speech at the event. (Tickets to collegiate, semi-professional, and professional sporting events do not fall within this exception)
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11. Nepotism: The term ‘nepotism’ generally refers to preferential treatment of any sort given to relatives. (Refer to LS- R.S. 42:1119) There are two key provisions relating to nepotism.

  • No member of the immediate family of an agency head may be employed in his/her agency.
  • No member of the immediate family of a member of a governing authority or the chief executive of a government entity may be employed by the governmental entity.
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12. Abuse of office:

  • A public servant may not use the authority of his office to compel or coerce a person to provide himself or someone else with a thing of economic value that they are not entitled to by law.
    Example: The exchange of football tickets for a contract
  • A public servant may not use the authority of his office to compel or coerce a person to engage in political activity.
    Example: An elected official forcing the staff to participate in the campaign.
  • A regulatory employee is prohibited from participation in any way in the sale of goods or services to a person regulated by his agency, or to any officer, director, agent, or employee of such person, if an immediate family member of the regulatory employee or any business enterprise in which the employee or his family own at least 25% receives or will receive a thing of economic value by virtue of the sale.
    Example: An agency inspector owns a computer software company. The inspector recommends a software purchase to a company that is regulated by the agency where the inspector is employed.
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