Mentoring to Develop Ethical Employees

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CASE STUDY: Mentoring to Develop Ethical Employees

Mentoring to Develop Ethical Employees
Tami Baum
Kaplan University
AB203: Human Resources Management
Jennifer Bryant
June29, 2012

Mentoring to Develop Ethical Employees

Introduction
Business ethics exist to ensure that professionals will consider the interests of the company above those of personal gain. In today’s scandalous business climate, there are many concerns regarding ethical behavior. Business Professor, Linda Trevino, suggests that strong leadership and management practices influence people much more than formal training programs. The challenge facing HR departments is to find and develop individuals who will be ethical leaders and mentors. This case study will examine the roles of senior managers and the usefulness of mentoring to foster an ethical environment.

Review/Analysis of the Case
Mentors do whatever is necessary to help their protégés careers. They offer education and counseling, but their biggest and most important job is to be a role model. Management behavior has the most impact on ethical standards in the workplace. Senior Executive managers are responsible for creating an environment where people can see others being treated fairly. These managers must respond positively and in a timely matter to any ethical concerns brought to them by employees. They should also foster the positive environment by rewarding people for acting ethically. When workers feel that they are being treated fairly and that their concerns are being heard, it will reinforce ethical behavior in themselves. In summary, senior managers need to be good mentors. They should set a good example; be open and fair with everyone alike; and reward ethical behavior. These actions will have the most success in fostering ethical employees. Having a CFO who places a high priority on ethical behavior is crucial for employees to meet high ethical standards. Inappropriate behavior...
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