Does diversity affect ethical decisions

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Phuong Nguyen
09/23/2013
OBHR 3310-008
Does diversity affect ethical decisions? Maintaining diversity and ethics practices is important to most businesses who want to gain the loyalty of employees and trust of consumers. Diversity is much more than one of several ethical issues.  Ethics and diversity, in fact, have a multi-dimensional relationship that affects not only what issues we consider, but also the very process of engaging in ethical reflection. Ethical thinking involves the intricate process used to consider the impact of our actions on the individuals or institution we serve. While most decisions are routine, we can unexpectedly face an ethical dilemma when unusual situations occur suddenly for which an immediate response is needed. The foundation of ethical decision-making involves choice and balance, it is a guide to discard bad choices in favor of good ones. No matter the size of a company, unethical behavior can cripple the company's ability to attract customers, be approved for credit or maintain business partnerships. Different organizations and jobs may have different ethical issues arise and require a set standard of ethics.  Diversity in the workplace strives to make people of all socio-economic backgrounds feel comfortable working within the organization. It further promotes equal opportunities among all employees or prospective employees to be hired and promoted based on merit not race, gender or creed. Valuing diversity means valuing everyone’s differences, even one’s own.  It means preventing anyone from being shut down by others, by patterns of communication and interaction, or by mindlessness.  It also means that whoever in the group or team knows what needs to be said has the support to say it.  Ethics, too, depends on the speaker who can say what needs to be said. The tremendous amount of social issues surrounding diversity has a major effect on the roots of ethical decisions made by management staffs across the globe. The leaders in all our businesses must focus on following standard practices that represent the ideas of our judicial system. But is staying within the laws governing inclusion enough to meet the needs of making ethical decisions that support diversity? In order to be successful in the marketplace, businesses must develop new perspectives from many different backgrounds and lifestyles. That being said, diversity certainly is one of the driving forces in how a company operates from a production and an ethical perspective. A diverse work environment helps produce a wide range of ideas and experiences within an organization. However, many workplaces have been slow to embrace diversity and maximize its benefits. Basic ethics indicate that a company should offer diversity training and that its leadership should support a diverse environment. Placing people from various backgrounds together and not helping them learn how to work together leads to unnecessary tension and productivity loss. Ethical diversity includes fairness in evaluations and promotions, effective training and fair pay. These decisions are also based on ethics, general morality, and on the individual's understanding of diversity. The tremendous amount of social issues surrounding diversity has a major effect on the roots of ethical decisions made by management staffs across the globe. The leaders in all our businesses must focus on following standard practices that represent the ideas of our judicial system. But is staying within the laws governing inclusion enough to meet the needs of making ethical decisions that support diversity? In order to be successful in the marketplace, businesses must develop new perspectives from many different backgrounds and lifestyles. That being said, diversity certainly is one of the driving forces in how a company operates from a production and an ethical perspective. Many companies see the benefits in having cultural diversity in their...
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