Ethics can be A LOT of fun!

As you know, I just got back from PRSSA National Assembly and one of my favorite sessions was the “Ethics Challenge” session.

I think ethics is one topic that often gets overlooked or people start to roll their eyes if it is even brought up. Well this was a GREAT session at #PRSSANA because we actually talked about different ethical situations we could really be put in and it was great to hear everyone’s feedback!

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We were divided into teams and given different scenarios to discuss different ethical problems from ethical funding issues to interns disclosing confidential information and looking over problems just to benefit a client.

The thing that I liked, as said above, is that as PR students, professionals and even young professionals, we could all end up in these types of situations. I think it is SO important for managers to cover ethics with interns and new hires before even beginning a job.

Once you cover the ethics, the responsibilities and the consequences, I think things are a lot better and a lot clearer for everyone. Reviewing your personal ethics, the PRSSA Code of Ethics and the PRSA Code of Ethics are always great things to do and something I really suggest everyone look over again.

I also suggest going over different types of ethical dilemmas with your Chapter, organization, team, etc. to see how different people would react and to get different people’s opinions.

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More on the ethics session about making ethical decisions and the values of PRSSA and PRSA: blog post here.