This essay will break down why businesses struggle with ethical decisions but before examining such a sensitive issue we must understand what an ethical decision really is....
Last time, we talked about the significance of and mindset. This allowed us to segue into the various ethical approaches or theories that provide the ethical building blocks you can use in your classroom to debrief any ethical dilemma. Of course, every dilemma can be dissected using more than one approach, and thus, the end result or decision may be different depending on the road taken. Our first approach: Utilitarian.
This paper considers the issue of managing organizational diversity, including issues of gender, race, ethnicity, class, (dis)ability and HIV status, as well as less prominent elements like personality, value systems, work style and religion.
Other issues, such as the reasons most employees leave, a list of actions that can develop loyalty and the success of some companies are also discussed.
The writer discusses how the issue of the workplace dress code has evolved into more than just an ensemble people wear to cover their naked bodies; rather, employers view attire as a way for employees to appropriately represent the company.
Compounding the anxiety is the secret nature of the cab incident. The knowledgethat these co-workers had about the secret created the "elephant in the room" phenomena,an analogy where the secret is the "elephant" looming large in everyone's awareness, butpeople studiously ignore it. Friedman states that secrets "act as the plaque in the arteriesof communication; they cause stoppage in the general flow and not just at the point of theirexistence" (1985, p. 52). Secrets divide a group, for those who are privy to the secret arebetter able to communicate with those who know it than those who do not (Friedman, 1985. p. 52). This dynamic applies to any issue, not just the secret. The secret of the cabincident not only hindered open communication within the office, but also created"unnecessary estrangements as well as false companionship" (Friedman, 1985. p. 52).
The ethical issues surrounding Tim and Laura's negotiation tactics are not clear cut. On the surface, we may view Tim as well-meaning in his apologies yet socially inept in hisability to gauge when to stop apologizing. Nevertheless, we can look upon Tim's apologiesas intrusive, which causes his apologies to lose their meaning of goodwill. It could be aform of harassment wherein Laura cannot escape, for she is dependent upon her job tosupport herself. Removing herself from the situation would cost Laura her income. Lauradid not possess the economic freedom to quit her job.
Laura's dilemma is a common one, as illustrated by Rowe's characteristics ofharassed people seeking help from Ombudsman. Rowe reports that most people in thissituation fear the negative consequences of reporting harassment taking the form of not onlyof retaliation, but also from "silent rejection or disapproval by co-workers and family, andthe loss of goodwill from employers" (1990, p. 164). Reporters of harassment also fear aloss of privacy that a public complaint will bring. Most importantly, reporters believe thatthey lack the sufficient evidence of the offensive behavior, which places them in theuntenable position of "his word against mine" (Rowe, 1990. p. 165). And lastly, mostreporters "say they do not wish to go to a third party, but feel they lack the skills they needto change the situation effectively" (Rowe, 1990. p. 165). In light of Bowen's familysystems theory, these characteristics all add up to an anxious work environment, whichimpedes functioning of the work group.
John has his own view of morals, beliefs and corporate ethics whether Ralph has the same view of such concepts is not an issue as both of them are bound by their duty to fulfil their roles as CFO and CEO in the company to show investors results....
The consequence of this is that the professional when practising is exposed to several more specific ethical issues for which there is no explicit or written solution.
Kindred was immediately faced with the issue of knowing what was ethically correct but being told the unethical approach was the best in order to benefit the client and her job security....
I have discovered through my research that an ethical framework is a collection of guidelines, usually in question format, that function together to support and reinforce the ethical decision-making process.
Although the Managing Editor of the Journal is unaware of the specific incidentbetween Laura and Tim, he has sensed some tension in the air. He considers Laura and Timto be exemplary employees, but lately they have not been their usual productive selves. He convinces himself that his employees go through normal ups and downs, and Laura andTim will bounce back to their former level of high performance. Even with his rationale,the Managing Editor still can't shake the feeling that something is amiss. To quell thisstrange feeling, he has been leaving the office more and more to play squash at the gym.