Ethics @ Global Work Scenario

My humour and my work ethic definitely come from my Scottish side, and I have to say the sense of humour doesn't really translate when I'm in America ~John Barrowman


With business and workforce spreading across the globe, ethics in the global work scenario has gained lot of importance. We work with people who come from different cultures, regions, religions etc. This requires each of us to understand ethics from a larger perspective. It is very important to know what is acceptable and not acceptable in their context when we interact with the global workforce.

When we are engaged at work in different country, a variety of important issues arise that do not have the same easy answers as are offered when being in only one country or region. We need to understand how to deal with questions of what to do in situations where ethical morals come into conflict as a result of the differing cultural practices. The argument in favor of behaving according to host country socially accepted morals shows respect both to the citizens and the culture of the hosting country in which the business is conducting affairs.

There is a popular saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do." In other words, follow local practices. The best way to deal with ethics in global setup is to keep asking the local colleagues and just follow what they say till you have become accustomed to that context.