Professional Ethics For Employees

The basic ethics a responsible and reliable employee practices are that he stays productive and takes responsibility for his actions, and that includes being accountable for the good or bad consequences of his actions.

In addition to this, qualities like being punctual, staying focused, and having an inclusive approach to problem-solving and decision-making are very important.

A professional should learn to take pride in the output he produces, lead by example, and address issues rather than crying over spilt milk.

A word of caution on inviting excessive friendliness runs through the management as an unwritten code. Many accept that there is a line that separates professional bonding and personal attachment that should be respected and never crossed. That being said, there is still a strong emphasis on clear, precise communication with everyone in a company.

Employee Ethics Worksheet

Ethics help us in deciding what is right and what is wrong and what price we will have to pay if we follow a wrong practice. Given below is a situation about an ethical dilemma an employee might face in a lucrative but potentially dangerous situation. The reader is suggested to read about the situation carefully and then answer the subsequent questions.


Rishabh Dash was employed for a year as an accountant with Agri Chemicals Pvt. Ltd., a fertilizer-manufacturing plant. After that, he applied for a job with QWERTY Solutions, a reputed company in Bengaluru. The requirement of the desired candidate profile is mentioned as “experience of 2-5 years in Accounting.”

Rishabh didn’t want to lose the opportunity of working with a renowned company and hence he falsely mentioned ‘3 years of working experience’ on his resume. He got selected and quickly created a reputation of being a good performer. He was even “The Promising Employee of the Month” twice in the first six months.

One day, one of Rishabh’s colleagues decided to collect some background information about him, out of pure jealousy. He went to Agri Chemicals and discovered the truth. Needless to say, he came back and spilled the beans.

Rishabh’s supervisor was very disturbed on hearing this, as he had a very good impression about Rishabh, and was actually deciding to promote him so that he can share a few of the managerial responsibilities.


  • When Rishabh exaggerated his experience on his resume, do you think he must have feared that he would eventually be caught? What would you have done, if you were in a similar situation?

  • What would you have done if you had known the truth about Rishabh instead of his colleague? Explain your view.

  • If you were applying for a job and come across a similar scenario, would you be tempted to do the same as Rishabh did? Explain your view.