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Is It Ever Okay to Make Fun of Your Co-Workers?

Is it ever okay to make fun of your colleagues? On this episode of Getting Ethics to Work, we discuss the surprisingly complex problem of whether it’s okay to tease a co-worker.

Is It Ever Okay to Make Fun of Your Co-Workers?

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Is it okay to tease co-workers? Is making gentle fun at work a bad thing? The answer is not as clear-cut as you might think. Getting Ethics to Work’s host Andy Cullison and producer Kate Berry dissect a case about Bob, his weird shirts and the colleagues who make fun of him. On this episode and every episode, we dig into complicated stories from the workplace and discuss the underlying moral problems these cases bring up.

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More about ethics and the Prindle Institute

Moral reasoning is a term for a set of cognitive skills that help people reason through complicated moral or ethical dilemmas. There are at least four skills: a person with good moral reasoning skills can easily identify that something is a moral issue that most people would care about, can identify various reasons or arguments that someone might have for their moral opinions, can weigh competing moral considerations, and can clearly explain why they have made the moral decision they have made.

A social good is a kind of good that promotes the overall well being of a large group, as opposed to an individual good which might only benefit a single individual, a social good benefits everyone in the group.

Reify: to consider or represent (something abstract) as a material or concrete thing : to give definite content and form to (a concept or idea)

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