There are several ethical issues that occur in the workplace. I would like to discuss the three that happens the most. The first one is gossip and this occurs daily at the workplace. One co-worker will say something bad about another co-worker and it goes on and on until action is taken. I think that gossiping does require managers to take action. The second one I would like to talk about is gender. Many people would rather work with their own gender. Sometimes this causes conflict within the workplace. If conflict arises action does need to be taken. The third one I would like to discuss is race. Although we have been taught better but there is still racism throughout the world. This definitely is an issue that has to be dealt with immediately because the events of these situations would lead to a lawsuit.
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The third one is The Golden Rule and this says to treat others the way you want to be treated. The fourth one is utilitarianism and this means do the benefits of the action outweigh the costs/harm to all the stakeholders involved. The fifth one is Professional Standards or Codes of Conduct and this means the company has a handbook of codes that every employee is aware of and breaking the codes leads to termination.
There are pros and cons with all the options listed above. When performing the front page of the newspaper test the pro is the employee would be afraid to go against the codes and the con is it could lead to a huge lawsuit. The End/Means test does have a pro because if the overall good outweighs the bad then someone’s ideas helped the company. The con is that an ethical decision can’t be made fairly with this process. The Golden Rule has a pro and it’s simple to treat others as you would want to be treated. The con is that The Golden Rule can’t always be used because people like to be treated in different ways. Utilitarianism also has a pro it allows you to look at the benefits of the action and see if they outweigh the costs/goods to all the stakeholders. The con is that this method can make more problems than its worth. The Professional Standards or Codes of Conduct has a pro and it has a list of actions and what to do about the action stated in the book. The con is that some companies don’t enforce the handbook.
I think the best option is the Professional Standards or Codes of Conduct because the company has written a book allowing the employees to know what action will be taken if necessary. For example if someone starts being prejudice against another worker and the handbook states the person should be terminated. Sometimes it takes someone getting terminated before other co-workers realize how important it is to follow policy and procedure.
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