In my experience most of the difficulties in practical ethics lie in relationships.  Most of the problems have to do with people treating each other badly.

Once a bad thing has happened, once a person has done something unethical (groups cannot be unethical even though some might claim so) what do you do about it?

Well, it seems that there are two choices: leave or fix the relationship.  The kinds of relationship breakdowns we mostly hear about, that have great impact are the kinds that make the news because a whistleblower has chosen to take a stand.

While there are groups to help (see Whistleblowers Australia) and legislation to seek legal protection and redress (see, in Australia, ASIC Whistleblowers guidance) most whistleblowers suffer badly.  They, most of the time, do not survive in their chosen occupation and, sometimes, never work again (for a dramatisation watch the 1999 movie The Insider).  I can help those considering whistleblowing to think through the process to decide if it is in their ethics to blow the whistle but am not in a position to offer practical help in doing so; see the above two sites.

What I do offer is twofold:

  • a process to determine if it is possible to repair the moral relationship (in the workplace, in any relationship) and
  • practical help in carrying out a moral repair.

Drop me a line if you want to talk through the options of repairing damaged relationships.

If you are interested in the idea of moral repair the seminal work is:

Walker, Margaret Urban. Moral Repair: Reconstructing Moral Relations After Wrongdoing. Cambridge University Press, 2006.