We had great discussions in the Values and Ethics class I taught today at the Merced College Workplace Learning Center Customer Service Academy around the following seven scenarios.
Question 1. You apply for a job you want very much. You’re sure you can do it well, but unless you exaggerate your abilities, the job will go to someone else. Would you “enhance” your resume?
Question 2. Your 12-year-old could get into a much better school if you lived in your sister’s school district. She offers to let you use her address to enroll your child. Would you do it?
Question 3. A health insurance application asks about previous injuries. If you admit to any, premiums would go up $50 a month. Would you hide them?
Question 4. The bill at a posh restaurant shows a $60 error in your favor. A friend suggests you say nothing, but leave a large tip. Would you do it?
Question 5. Your 13-year-old looks 11. You could save $14 at an amusement park if you say he is younger than 13. Would you do it?
Question 6. You badly need a loan that you will get only if you understate what you owe. Would you do it?
Question 7. The auto body repairman offers to fix damages not caused by your recent collision as part of your insurance claim. Would you do it?
Reflecting on the small group discussions we had around the above and other case studies, it was observed how our own individual opinions:
- were affected by the opinions and insights of others.
- were affected by our age, gender, life experiences, and such.
- were affected by whether others knew about our choices or not.
Which question affected you the most and why? Please, Email Me if that works for you.