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The ethics of holding back

Thursday 10 August, 2023

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A colleague has been having a hard time after experiencing bullying at work. He has been receiving medical help and has taken up the legal option of workers compensation.

Management have told you that because a legal process is now underway, contact with the person should be avoided. You have worked with this colleague for a long time and consider her a friend.

What do you do?

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The Oath

  • Trust is the foundation of my profession.
  • I will serve all interests in good faith.
  • I will compete with honour.
  • I will pursue my ends with ethical restraint.
  • I will help create a sustainable future.
  • I will help create a more just society.
  • I will speak out against wrongdoing and support others who do the same.
  • I will accept responsibility for my actions.
  • In these and all other matters;
    My word is my bond.