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Public Works And Ethics Go Hand In Hand

By Harry C. Lorick

Ethical behavior helps us live and work in a civil society. Human nature dictates that we act in our own self-interest in most circumstances unless we feel a moral obligation to others or society. Today’s society promotes a “me first” mentality. Citizens expect public works officials to be watchful and careful with the resources entrusted to them. How can we create an environment that will encourage ethical behavior in the public works sector?

What is Ethics?

Ethics is a branch of philosophy which involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior. Ethical behavior stems from a reasoned, honest and objective attempt at insight. It is often cited as being a critical factor of successful management and leadership.