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Business Meeting Ethics

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Business meetings provide a means of getting important work done. A participant must adhere to ethical codes to ensure that the meeting runs smoothly and that the information gathered can properly be put to practical use.

Ethics Definition

Ethics are philosophies based on what is good and what is bad. In business, this translates to what is appropriate, inappropriate, professional or unprofessional.


Business meeting ethics are put in place to set behavioral parameters and expectations for the group.


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Business meeting ethics include starting and ending the meeting on time, arriving prepared, silencing communication devices and showing respect to speakers or presenters.

After the Meeting

Meeting ethics extend beyond the confines of the conference room. It is unethical to share information that might be considered confidential or proprietary.


When all parties adhere to these ethics, there are fewer distractions, allowing for a more productive and time-efficient meeting.


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Kyra Sheahan has been a writer for various publications since 2008. Her work has been featured in "The Desert Leaf" and "Kentucky Doc Magazine," covering health and wellness, environmental conservatism and DIY crafts. Sheahan holds an M.B.A. with an emphasis in finance.

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