Personal vs Professional Ethics

Ethics by term are your sense of right or wrong/ true or false

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Your morals and values that define how you are as a person are your personal ethics.

Personal Ethics are instilled in an individual, with a large part having been played by their parents, friends, and family. Examples like honesty, openness, commitment, unbiased behavior, and sense of responsibility comes under the Personal Ethics.

Note: A person’s personal ethics are revealed in a professional situation through his behavior.

On the other hand, how you behave and react to the rules set in a professional setting are your professional ethics.

Professional ethics are those values and principles that are introduced to an individual in a professional organization through work. Rules are for all and strictly follow by all employees. This approach is to help in maintaining the decorum and makes a disciplined and responsible person. Examples like confidentiality, fairness, transparency and proficiency.

Note: These ethics make a person responsible.

Comparison Chart – Personal vs Professional Ethics

Personal  Professional 
Includes your personal values and moral qualities. Rules imposed on an employee in a company, or as member of a profession, e.g. doctor or lawyer.
Incorporated by family, friends and surroundings since your childhood. Learnt when you are a part of a professional setting or when you are being trained or educated for working there.
Examples: honesty, care, and sincerity. Examples: no gossiping, time management, punctuality, confidentiality, transparency.
Not conforming to these may harm or hurt others. Not adhering to these may harm your professional reputation.
Your personal needs are satisfied by following these. Your professional needs are satisfied by following these.


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