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By Michael A. Thomas, fASId, CApS
Ethics: The Good, the Bad and the Reality
uNDERSTANDING THE ASID CoDE oF ETHICS CAN PREVENT STICKY SITuATIoNS/
some of the most popular programs are reality shows that are all about conflict. “Jersey Shore,” anyone? Usually, in the first five minutes of an episode, battle lines are drawn. There’s often a lot of back and forth, give and take, sometimes even pushing and shoving. Unfortunately, working through conflict with a client, contractor or colleague—especially one who is difficult, obstinate or cantankerous—can often seem like its own reality show with a lot of back and forth, give and take. But what happens when conflict reaches a point of no return with no resolution in sight? Where does one look for guidance in dealing with certain situations? Turning to the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct might be one place. Our Code clearly identifies your responsibilities to clients, colleagues, the public and the profession. Using it as a reference can keep you from getting into even deeper situations during a time of conflict, or worse yet, potentially even violating a section of our Code. Recently, a council of ASID volunteers updated the Code of Ethics, and recommended changes were approved by the ASID Board of Directors. These changes updated the Code to reflect the legal, social and technological environments in which we practice today. The requirements needed to file a complaint against a fellow member have also been updated. Refer to the Code as you consider these case studies, for example.
IT DOEsN’T TAKE long to realize that Americans love drama. Just look at what we watch on TV—
• A client with whom you’ve had ongoing problems fires you unexpectedly, only to hire a colleague,
also an ASID practitioner. In her best interest, you tell this colleague what a problem the client has been and to avoid them at all costs.
• You decide to terminate a staff member because they have done design work on the side without
permission. In addition, you suspect they have made copies of client drawings and files. As a result, you withhold their final paycheck as damages.
• A fabricator takes photographs of your design work for his website. You demand he remove them or
you’ll ruin his chances for doing business with any other ASID designers. He claims he only shows the work he supplied for the project. But in the captions, it clearly appears he is claiming credit.
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In each of these examples, would you recognize there are potential violations of our ASID Code of Ethics? If so, where might those violations occur? The answer is in the Code. We take pride in our Code of Ethics as both a practice and a policy. It separates ASID members from all others, providing us with a Updated ASID Co unique value proposition. For those we work with or for, de of Eth ics due to changin it becomes a matter of choice. That choice is to choose an g times the Soc and tec iety rec ASID professional, one that is held to a higher standard. hnologie ently un s, sary eva dertook luation Now isn’t it time you reviewed the Code of Ethics again a necesand rev Code of iew of th before you find yourself in a situation that’s more reality ethics a e ASId nd profe please ta ssional show than business relationship. i ke a loo Conduc k
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