Is there such a thing as a perfect job? Only a few may say so, for even the best job, which gives you great satisfaction and high compensation, will have its downsides. A Hollywood actress may be living a life of glamour, but she would also have to make many sacrifices. Not only will she be spending sleepless nights shooting a movie, but might also be wading in a mud pool playing a mud wrestler.
Even the ordinary bank teller will have to tolerate the most obnoxious customer, who is finding fault with every policy of the bank. People tolerate the quirks in their jobs because the benefits they gain far outweigh any unpleasantness they may experience.
In the workplace, many employees often find themselves pressured to do things for the company or for their bosses. Drawing the line of what is part of your work and what is not is often hard. It remains to be a big dilemma because employees wish to keep their job and would often abide by the unreasonable demands of their bosses. Hence, being an employee can be tricky in terms of moral ethics and complicated in terms of legal limitations. When it comes to the legal side, you have your employment contract as a reference. Nowadays, drawing a compromise agreement between an employer and employee are becoming a common practice. The said agreement is a legal and binding contract that stipulates the financial set-up and another pertinent arrangement between an employer and employee particularly on matters of redundancy and dismissal.
Under a compromise agreement, you cannot compromise claims on personal injury and to any accrued pension rights.
You cannot be asked to compromise your health due to job-related factors. It is the responsibility of every employer to make any workplace safe for their employees. If you do work in a nuclear facility, the risk is high, but there are safety protocols that are in place to keep the employees safe. It is now your obligation to abide by these protocols. However, for personal injuries or health concerns that you and your employer did not know, you still have a right to make future claims. This is especially true for a medical condition called asbestosis, which takes years to manifest. In addition, you must not compromise your claim to any accrued pension rights. A pension is something you have already earned and it is also mandated by law.
There are ethical things you must not compromise as an employee because it is not only your inherent right to follow your own beliefs, but doing so set the standards on the moral obligations of employers and employees alike.
You must not compromise your integrity, objectivity, professional competence, confidentiality and professional judgment.
- You must not compromise truthfulness and fair dealings in the workplace. As an auditor, you may be asked to give unlawful tax benefits to the executives of the company. Will this request hurt your integrity? Yes because it is not honest.
- You must not compromise objectivity in making decisions. Business is not doing great so as a manager you are asked to make extreme and unlawful measures to increase margins like selling sub-standard materials. Will this alter your objectivity since you are afraid that if the company closes, you will be unemployed? It could, but bear in mind that these measures are often counter-productive.
- You must not compromise your professional competence. You may not be consulted on certain decisions, but you are privy to relevant information that could affect the company. You must never compromise your professional knowledge just because you are afraid to meddle in affairs that you were not invited.
- You must not compromise confidentiality. It is your obligation to avoid disclosing vital information outside the workplace. However, know that in legal matters, you have a duty to disclose or else you may be considered as a complicit.
- You must not negotiate your professional judgment. If your fellow board member has been your best friend all these years, but he acted unfavorably to the company, he should be held liable. Personal relationships should not affect your professional behavior.
We all make compromises, one way or another. What matters here is how much compromise or to what degree do we do it. The only problem is when to draw the line. As a rule, we should not make any compromises for the temptation to justify them is all too easy.