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Is there a difference between business ethics and personal ethics? Should there be?

 

Are the ethics we expect from our learners and trainers different from what we expect from these same people when they are performing their jobs?

 

Is it ethical to miss a class, be late for class, not pay attention in class or give less than full attention to the class? Does it make a difference if this is a webinar or self-paced or classroom? Does it matter if the training is free or not?

Is it ethical to provide a poor evaluation of a class if one did not give the class their full attention?

Is it ethical to expect someone to spend time in a class that covers information that is out-of-date, inaccurate, irrelevant or boring?

Is it ethical for the instructor to skip material they do not feel comfortable teaching?

Is it ethical to put an instructor into a position where they are not comfortable teaching the content?

 

Is it ethical for me to ask so many questions?

 

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Have you ever heard someone say - this is not personal - it's just business. The statement applies that business values may override personal values. This doesn't make sense but business is not alone. Politics also expects to be given license - as does political correctness - as in "forgive for being politically correct but....."

Certification training from a provider other than the vendor of the product being certified on (e.g. Microsoft) is differentiated by being more accurate than the training from the provider (e.g. Microsoft) because it is apparently ethical for the provider to ignore competitors and product deficiencies and ethical for others to not ignore them.

Being a teacher may be akin to delivering live "op ed" but that is not ethical unless it is what the learner needs.

How can workplace learning be ethical and not have to make excuses by hiding behind "business ethics?"

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