Ethical Issues in Management
Managers have many tasks to complete each day as well as many responsibilities that they need to have under control. The process of hiring is an extremely difficult task. It being one of the most important roles and responsibilities of holding a managers position. Throughout the process of hiring, a management representative looks for unique individuals that hold the qualifications to do the job in which they are applying for. This is always an important part in finding the proper person to support the company’s visions, values, and morals. Management must be very careful concerning this delicate process. Avoiding any type of actions, comments, or decisions that could be unethical to stay away from legal issues. All organizations need assurance that they are following all employment regulations that have been set by the government to keep them safe from any trouble that could come from a bad interview. Moral and Ethical Issues
Many moral and ethical issues can come up when management has to deal with the hiring new employees process. One issue a manager must face when considering a prospective employee is nepotism. According to Dictionary.com (2010), “patronage bestowed or favoritism shown on the basis of family relationship, as in business and politics” (Nepotism, para. 1). This usually could affect a business or company is a negative light. If there is a very competitive position that just opened up, say in a law firm and the word got out, many people would of course, apply for this position immediately. These people are extremely interested in this position, and are curious why they have not gotten a callback. It is unfair to the innocent patrons who believe they have a shot at the position when they clearly have no idea that a family member or friend was put before them simply because he or she know the one who is doing the hiring. A nepotism-type conflict could arise easily if the manager used his or her power of authority to influence the hiring process of a relative or friend.
Many steps can be practiced by a person of higher authority when it comes to avoiding or resolving any issues of nepotism. Some of these steps include: reviewing the company’s policies on or about nepotism, being sure to enforce these policies so that an unethical predicament will not occur. Working with the human resources department to resolve any issues that are currently present is another great way to try to cut out rumors that may come about. Allowing rumors to thrive and encouraging unjustified views of nepotism could impact an organization in a negative manner.
According to EmployeeIssues.com (2003-2010), “The consequences of nepotism might constitute illegal employment discrimination under Federal discrimination laws or state equivalents, in either the private or public sector. For example, it might constitute illegal discrimination on the basis of race or sex, if an employer with 15 or more employees consistently hires relatives of a particular race or gender to the exclusion of non-relatives of other races or the opposite gender. The consequences of nepotism might constitute wrongful termination too. For example, if a boss fires employees solely to create job opportunities for relatives who have the same religious beliefs as does he or she, then the boss might have illegally discharged those employees based on religion discrimination, if their religious beliefs were not the same as his or hers (Nepotism, para. 5-7). Social Issues and Ethically Responsible Management
The hiring process requires management to take into account much more than “good business decisions.” It means that those in the supervisory positions need to reflect on the manners in which their decisions affect the other employees, associates, then environment, and society. It is important to keep in mind that most times being socially and ethically responsible, results in more...