Ethics of Negotiating with Prospective Employers?

by Harald G. Biedermann,

Serial Information: Journal of the Professional Activities, 1967, Vol. 93, Issue 1, Pg. 27-32

Document Type: Journal Paper


To deal with the subject of ethics in negotiating with prospective employers, one must consider his responsibility to the public, to his profession, and to himself. Ethical obligations begin with the initial interview for employment, and follow throughout personal and professional contacts, and decision making. Harm is done to engineering institutions and the profession by thoughtless and unprofessional practices. The true professional knows when confidences must be respected, and will avoid any situation that involves a conflict of interest or a compromise in his values. Although labor unions have been offered as a solution to negotiating with prospective employers, the writer does not consider this the answer. An engineer is to serve the public, whereas a union is to improve the well-being of its members; these could come easily into conflict.

Subject Headings: Ethics | Negotiation | Decision making | Labor | Dispute resolution

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