[Ethics Case Studies] Work culture

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Paper 4 | Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude | Work culture


This initiative is a part of Target Mains programme for Mains 2017.

You can post your answers in the comment section. But mentor review of answers will not be available. Just like various other CD community initiatives, this will also be a peer-to-peer review exercise.

Model answers are available below in PDF format and can be used for personal evaluation.

Question 1:

You are posted in a government office. Your staff is not punctual when it comes to timings as the last officer had no complaints about late coming as long as people did their work efficiently. However, one of your friend who is in other department advices you to be strict with you staff.

He tells you that punctuality comes first even if people are doing their work efficiently. You know that your staff though comes late but is well efficient in work and their coming late to office doesn’t have any negative effect on work.

What will you do? Will you follow your friend’s advice and be strict with your staff? Discuss the various options that are available to you along with their merits and demerits suggesting which course of action would you take and why?

Question 2:

In a District Government Hospital there exists a powerful nexus among senior doctors, private nursing homes, pharmacy and testing labs. The doctors mislead patients discouraging them from availing the hospital’s medical facilities, making them opt for costly medicines, forcing them to get medical tests done outside, and encouraging them to use private nursing homes.
You are appointed as the new Superintendent of the Hospital. After taking charge you discover that this dirty game is going on in your hospital. You face pressure from your own people to allow this evil to continue. There are hints given of huge rewards. You are new and have just begun your career. The fate of the patients is in your hands. What are the various options available to you? Evaluate each of the options and suggest what course of action will you take and why?

Question 3:

A wordy incentive proves very worth in raising the morale of the workers which ultimately results in an increased output of works. Two girls Komal and Ritika are working in a multi-national company and assigned to complete a project together. Ritika had invested everything in terms of time, knowledge and expertise. Komal also did a bit of work in the project. At the completion of the project, the boss gave complete credit to Komal, when it was in fact her colleague who did most of the work.
1. Should Komal accept the praise nullifying Ritika? What are moral principles involved in this case?
2. What should Komal do and why? Suggest the suitable course of action.

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5 years ago

Can you please provide model answers ?


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