6 Steps to Ethical Decision Making: Considerations for Insurance Professionals2 min read

Often Insurance Professionals face circumstances that force them to evaluate and decide what is the right thing to do. If you are facing a situation that seems unethical, Here are a few steps you should consider before making a decision.

The following series of six steps that lead to ethical decision-making. Keep reading to learn about this important tool you can employ when weighing choices and outcomes.

1. Define the Problem

Consider not only what the problem is, but how it could affect you, your client, and the agency. Is the problem illegal? Does it violate the company’s values? Outline the full scope of the problem and be honest throughout the process.

2. Seek Out Resources

If it’s hard to arrive at an objective solution on your own, seek out available resources to fairly evaluate the problem. Reach out to mentors, coworkers, friends, and family, as well as professional guidelines and organizational policies.

3. Brainstorm Potential Solutions

Don’t only take into consideration what’s been done in the past. Keep an open mind when it comes to new and different ideas. Ultimately, you’ll want to have at least three to five solutions.

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4. Evaluate Those Alternatives

Now that you have your list of possible solutions, weigh each one and consider all positive and negative consequences and how likely those consequences are to occur. Once more, refer to resources, guidelines, and standards.

5. Make Your Decision and Implement It

At this point, you should have all the information you need to make a fair and ethical decision. If this decision involves others, be transparent with your solution and the alternatives you considered. People need to understand that you used appropriate and objective measures in your decision-making.

6. Evaluate the Decision

Just because you’ve implemented your solution it doesn’t mean your job is done. You must evaluate whether your problem was fixed or not. If there are unforeseen consequences, revisit the prior steps and seek alternative measures to fix them.

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