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Would You Compromise Yourself at Work?

Reese Witherspoon recently told British Glamour that she'd never disrobe for a promotional photoshoot. Most of us make small compromises at work (she wants it done her way, you want to do it your way) but would you ever do anything to compromise your integrity or morals?


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zindia zindia 9 years
It's sort of a weird question because your type of work can really call different "morals" into question. For instance, I work for a small company and my job involves a lot of travel. I intensely prefer my own space, to the point where it's almost a moral question, yet I've learned to really let that go and be very accommodating--even though it once meant sharing a double bed with my boss! I'd never lie, cheat, or steal for my company or for an advancement of work, but as I have developed from a college grad into a professional adult, I do find that certain beliefs have come into question and changed as a result of living in a competitive workplace.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Nope, I would never compromise my integrity and morals. That's like selling my soul. Never.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
It depends. I think its really important to act professional at work, and not let your personal feelings color your job performance. I have done a few things I didn't like, like write an article supporting ethical-treated veal (yeah right) but I would never work on my company's NRA campaigns or anything that was negative towards women. I think you have to stand up for what you believe in absolutely, but you can't be a total diva about every little thing. You have to pick your battles.
emalove emalove 9 years
I wouldn't do something that went against my beliefs and felt wrong.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
No, I do have very strong convictions. I've made a few enemies at my job by sticking up for what I believe is right... but at least I can live with myself.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
if it's a question of morals - then i'll have to say that no i would never compromise myself. if it means letting someone out be the louder person in the room - then yes i would.
remedios remedios 9 years
I figure if you're willing to do something, then I guess it falls within your moral compass to do that thing, even if you didn't realize that before.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
My Job should never conflict with my personal convictions. If so I would not do it.
miamia09 miamia09 9 years
I never considered myself as a high-moral person. But once I set my bottom line (may be too low to some people's point of view), I'll stick with it.
gigill gigill 9 years
I found this a hard one to answer as I think it depends on the situation.
Bettyesque Bettyesque 9 years
I have never been put in the position to do so, and honestly if I ever was I believe that I would stand my ground.
jkat jkat 9 years
I think it is a gray area as well. For me, there is a distinct line I cannot and will not cross. I won't do anything that would violate the legal Rules of Professional Conduct. That would get me disbarred and keeping my job would be meaningless because I wouldn't be able to practice law. Other than that, it depends on the request, the situation, etc.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I said never because I don't depend on working. If I were a single mother with two jobs trying to support myself and my family, maybe. I'd be a little more lenient with morals and ethics when there were actual things at stake - especially in today's economy.
chancleta chancleta 9 years
for me this question is not black or white it's a very gray area it depends on the situation and the moral at hand i will say this: i (like most people) will only go so far there's a point where enough is enough and one has to stand their ground
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I have standards and I usually stick to them. Espeically at work - I know it's my paycheck and everything...but it's a job. I can find another if I REALLY had to.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Never I stick to my guns...
bfly1133 bfly1133 9 years
I have never understood the people who have standards for their personal lives and then completely forget them at work. I am the same person at my job, at home, with friends, at the supermarket, you name it. No job is more important than my values and my integrity.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
Never did and never will. Coz I know someday, eveything I do, will backfire me.
SkinnyMarie SkinnyMarie 9 years
Had to deal with it once, and stayed only as long as it took for me to find a new job. I strongly believe in business ethics, and treating your employees right. If a boss decides to change my job description without talking to me about it, I wouldn't do it. I'm way too stubborn
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