Ethical Issues in HRM Strategy
Richard H. Hill
Dr. Grace M. Endres
July 18, 2012
This paper concerns itself with the role of Human Resource Management and the role it plays in the development of corporate strategy. Additional, the paper addresses the issue of ethics concerning Human Resource Managers sharing information learned from a previous client with the new client.
Identify the areas of overlap in the new client organization with others that you have had as clients. If you have limited experience with these types of problems, be sure to research common issues to complete the question. An area of overlap for a Human Resources consulting include the area of employment laws based in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act as amended. HR consulting serving as strategic partners are giving access to sensitive information consequently, the client expects the consultant to act professionally and ethically concerning distribution of information that is the property of the client. When an HR consultant departs one client and joins another the knowledge acquired at the previous company is not only sensitive, it is also valuable if shared with the new client. Not all information is sensitive. For instance if the overlap is an issue such as workplace violence and the HR consultant devised a training module that reduced the occurrence of violence by 20%, then this information can be rightly shared with the new client. Conversely, if the HR consultant was present during strategic planning session with the previous client and learned information that would give the new client a competitive edge, doing so would be an ethical violation and could led to criminal prosecution. Overlapping issues require the HR professional to use good judgment in addition to following the ethical guidelines outlined by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). SHRM requires all of its members and highly recommends all nonmembers to follow...
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