Lakisha Bradley, Telisa Jupiter, Charlene Gillette, Jasmine Hives, and Stacey Lamb MGT/521
February 12, 2012
Values and Ethical Decision Making/Scenario
Team B will be evaluating the personal values, organizational values, and ethical decision-making processes of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center. Members will also evaluate how one team member’s value and ethic assessment align with one scenario regarding the organization. This brief analysis will aid in identifying key components of why values and ethical decision-making play a vital role within any organization. Each component has bearings on the other; an organization’s key values play a significant role in making the right ethical decisions in a complex environment. Scenario
Birth Control and Catholic Beliefs
Lakisha, a single young woman who works for a Catholic hospital, read about President Obama’s new bill that will force businesses to offer free birth control pills. This form of birth control and other forms of contraception would be paid through the company’s health insurance. Lakisha is in favor of the bill and excited with the prospect of saving at least $100 per month on birth control. A week later Lakisha receives an e-mail from the president of the mission and her hopes fade.
John Finan, Jr., President/Chief Executive Officer states in his e-mail that the hospital will fight against Obama’s new bill. The hospital is against offering contraception on their health plan because of its Catholic beliefs. Although the company was started and practices based on Catholic beliefs, Lakisha does not think everyone employed by the organization should be forced to abide by those beliefs. Lakisha understands and respects the history and belief of the founders, but she thinks she can make choices also. The health insurance plan covers childbirth and other female conditions, and should cover contraception.
The topic of health insurance covering contraception has long been a controversial topic within the hospital. The hospital employs more than 9,000 people, so executives and religious leaders assume they should make these types of decisions for their organization (Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, 2012). Lakisha is upset because the organization is attempting to fight the bill and thinks she should write a letter to the president of the mission. She thinks writing a letter would stir up more problems, but wonders what happened to the freedom to practice whatever religion an individuals chooses. Values and Ethics Assessment
The word “ethics” is used loosely, and everyone holds a different perspective on what they think is right and wrong. Personal ethics are often derived from personal sources and experiences, whereas professional ethics are derived from contractual obligations, codes of conduct, industry standards, and the law. The major ethical principles and beliefs remain the same, but how they are executed may differ. The Williams Institute Ethics Awareness Inventory Assessment, better known as EAI, asks a series of questions and evaluates the answers to group these perspectives into four categories. The categories include character, obligation, results, and equity. Individuals can also have ethical beliefs represented in two categories at the same time. When this happens it is known as blended categories or blended styles (The Williams Institute for Ethics and Management, 2011). Assessing Values and Ethics
Team Member’s Results
The EAI result of the team member reveals her ethical perspective is based on obligation. This type of person tends to base his or her ethical values on doing what is morally right and believes that an individual chooses how to act and what rules to follow. According to The Williams Institute for Ethics and Management Ethics Awareness Inventory, this perspective’s ethical value includes committment in promoting individual...