Ethical Dilemma Report
Ethics deals with the right things that people should do (MacKinnon, 2011). Taking an assumption, therefore, that ethical truths are really in existence, then the right thing that one should always do, is an example of an ethical principle that he/she must follow autonomously. Ethical dilemmas present situations where basic ethical principles must be applied in tackling complex ethical issues such as workplace ethics. This ethical dilemma report is thus going to focus on my decision in a situation where one of the applicants, Hamilton Craft, has brought ethical dilemma and I have to make the final decision on the matter.
In any recruitment process, ethics plays a very vital role. Despite the fact that recruitment processes are governed by certain established laws, there are several ethical dilemmas that human resources professionals face that normally extend beyond the established rules. Such situations thus require human resource ...view middle of the document...
In my point of view, the fact that Craft is well known all over the town that he has undisputed experience in artwork is a clear indication that he should be awarded the job position. Though he appears to have indicated wrong information on his resume, he goes ahead and justifies that he did not mean to indicate that he is a Ph.D. holder, but that he had completed his Ph.D. coursework before being absorbed into the forces. In this situation, therefore, I should focus on Craft’s ability to perform the job at stake for all what the selection process was about is to find the best individual for the art job on offer. I would take this stand because I believe that he must have completed the course work based on the experience he has displaced in his artwork since he is considered the best painter in the region. This is true because, taking for instance; a person claiming to be an architect cannot practice architecture, unless he/she has knowledge of architecture.
According to Thomas Hobbes, the concept of whether an action is right or wrong is based on one’s ability to abide by the set laws concerning the given matter. In the case of Craft, therefore, would be treated as a situation involving lack of honesty from the applicant’s side thus, the application would be revoked. According to David Hume, decision on the ethical standpoint of a given matter is based on feelings that make one feel positive or negative about the matter. The main perspective of ethics, from the perspective of David Hume is that benevolence is a universal sentiment shared by all individuals. Since something good gives one a good feeling about a situation, therefore, Craft would be awarded the job position in the given ethical dilemma. According to Immanuel Kant, good actions originate from good will, which implies that people should always act following an individual’s personal sense of obligation (Jennings, 2012). When applied to Craft’s situation, Kant’s system entails that it is always wrong to lie, and since Craft lied about his qualification in the resume, his application should then be revoked.
Jennings, M. (2012). Business ethics: Case studies and selected readings. Australia: South- Western, Cengage Learning.
MacKinnon, B. (2011). Ethics: Theory and contemporary issues. Boston, MA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.