Most people in worklplace environments feel like whatever a person believes or doesn't believe about certain situations is that person's business. A large number of people in the corporate world feel like, "To each his own," and try not to get involved in controversial topics (religion, politics) one way or the other. That being said, are there any cases where a person's moral views would hinder you from working with them?

In more intimate situations like between a boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife, differing ethical views can matter a lot more and they can cause relationhsip problems because those issues might be discussed openly and freely, and therefore be more prone to critiscism from either side, but in a professional environment those issues might not always be at the forefront of conversation. However, if for some reason certain issues did become a topic of conversation in the workplace and you found out certain things about co-workers' views that just didn't sit right with you, are there issues that are so important to you that you would walk away from that job? 

Narrowing it down to a smaller scale, if you had a long time business partner and it was just the two of you who were engaged in a particular business venture, and one day you found out that your partners' way of thinking about very important issues was diametrically opposed to yours, would you be able to continue with that business relationship? Would your sense of ethic and moral responsibily to your own values kick in to the point where you would have to walk, or ultimately would money rule the day?


I think it is definitely possible to be ethically incompatible. What is wrong to some may be right to others. For example me and my spouse differ largely on workplace ethics, one of the main ones being that I think that salaries are confidential whereas she thinks they should be disclosed freely.

I don't think in large this would get in the way of a relationship though.


I think that your ethical "foundation" influences a lot of your everyday behaviour. So yes, ethical convictions may very well hamper the ability to work together. On the other hand, I work with someone who supports a dictator (abroad), and that doesn't really influence life in the office one bit.


Not everyone is going to agree on the same things, especially those of religious, political, and social grounds. In the workplace, I think it is important for people to be able to accept this and not avoid these kinds of discussions if you are not able to properly handle them like an adult. A person should NEVER be fired for their views on these matters either simply because the higher-ups or their boss does not agree. 


But what if, for instance, you have a company that markets itself as being very emancipated, and it turns out a worker is the chairman of the Foundation of Putting Women Back in the Kitchen?

Apart from all the human issues this may cause (also internal)... That would be a marketing nightmare.... no company could decide other than letting that person go for being incompatible with the values the company stands for...