Discussion: Ethics in the Workplace

Consider the following quote:

is naive to believe that ethics is simply common sense, that everyone
knows what ’doing the right thing’ means. No employee can understand the
ethics of an organization until the association and its leaders define
and communicate it (Navran, 2003).

This week
is focused on additional functions of human resource management. Ethics
underlies many of the concepts presented. Providing a safe and healthy
work environment is not only a legal requirement but an ethical
requirement as well. Managing employee relations in an ethical manner is
critical for maintaining integrity at organizational and managerial

In today’s economy, the union often
plays a vital role in helping organizations treat employees with ethics
and safety in mind. They focus on bargaining for wages, benefits, and
job security. Your reading will examine different perspectives on the
union’s role as well as the union’s agenda and goals. Think about your
own perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of unions. Now
consider, from a manager’s perspective, whether unions are necessary or
unnecessary in today’s global economy. Unions were originated to help
ensure ethical treatment of employees and as a way to protect employee
safety and health.

For this Discussion,
consider topics such as organizational strategies to help improve and
maintain health and safety of workers and the pros, cons, and legalities
of union-busting and avoidance techniques.

With these thoughts in mind:

  • Select a topic from this week’s readings that interested you the
    most. Prepare a substantive posting (200 words minimum) on the material.
  • Describe a real-world situation involving ethics that relates to or
    could be addressed utilizing primary concepts from the assigned
    readings. Explain how the primary concepts could address the situation.
  • Explain the ethical and legal responsibilities of employers to both
    their employees and the community at large in this situation.