COLLEGIALITY AND LOYALTY:
Collegiality is a kind of connectedness
grounded in respect for professional expertise and in a commitment to the goals
and values of the profession and as such, collegiality includes a disposition
to support and co-operate with one‘s colleagues‟.- Craig Ihara. The central
elements of collegiality are respect, commitment, connectedness and
Respect: Acknowledge the worth of other
engineers engaged in producing socially useful and safe products.
Commitment: Share a devotion to the moral
ideals inherent in the practice of engineering. Connectedness: Aware of being
part of a co-operative undertaking created by shared commitments and expertise.
Collegiality, like most virtues, can be misused and distorted. It should not be
reduced to „group interest‟ but should be a shared devotion for public good. It
is not defaming colleagues, but it does not close the eyes to unethical
practices of the co-professionals, either.
one‟s contractual duties to an employer.
are particular tasks for which one is paid
legitimate authority within the organization.
to do with attitudes, emotions and a sense of personal identity.
meet one‟s moral duties with personal attachment and affirmation.
against detesting their employers and companies, and do work reluctantly and
horribly (this is construed as disloyalty)
conflicts of interest,
employers of any possible conflicts of interest,
honest in making estimates,
one‟s errors, etc.
- Obligation of Engineers
are hired to do their duties.
obligated to employers within proper limits
on two conditions;
1. When some important goals are met by and
through a group in which the engineers participate
2. When employees are treated fairly, receiving
the share of benefits and burdens.
But clearly, identification-loyalty is a virtue
and not strictly an obligation.