How to Design and Manage Ethical Organizations
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13 January 2015
Ethics is set of guidelines that define the good and the bad. Ethics is a set of rules that distinguishes good morals from bad morals in a society. In itself, it gives the people who abide by it a guide on how to carry themselves and also the expected behavior as per the society they are a member. Ethics may defer from one place to another. Some rules may apply in one setting while others do not. Therefore, in a society with differently grouped people, the ethics of one group may be different. However, it is crucial to note ...view middle of the document...
In the unethical practices at work, Collins gives examples of immoral behaviors that employees, as well as employers, engage in while at work. He also states the victims of each unethical behavior and how it affects his or her productivity (Collins, 2011). Such unethical behavior includes fraud, stealing, sexual abuse and bad politics. According to Collins, most of the victims of the ill practices are employees. The main reason is the apparent less power they hold at the workplace. Therefore, their supervisors believe by victimizing them, they would obviously get away with it.
Collins continues by stating the underserved costs that companies incur when unethical practices take place. Such costs include legal fees when an employee takes the company to court for say wrongful dismissal. As further settlement eats into the company’s pocket. The company may also receive bad public image of which mending it may cost a lot of money and resources. Employee theft and fraud may cost the company a lot of money too.
Nonetheless, the competitive advantages, which companies receive from having strong ethics, are many as Collins, reveals since the above costs are averted. However, such may not be a reality for the other enterprises when there are no systems in place to implement ethical behavior. Such an organization should design means to report unethical actions and deal with perpetrators accordingly.
Chapter two has interesting information about the history of ethics and the years of evolving it has gone through. Dennis Collins takes a look at the historical milestones of the human race and the ethical conduct in each of the steps. Such include the ethics during the time of Christopher Columbus’ Arrival in the new state of America. Collins explains that it is through the Queens implementation of ethics that saw criminals detained and sent away to find new lives in America hence Columbus adventure to the new lands. Furthermore, the founding fathers of America such as Abraham...