November 26th 2012
Workplace Ethical Dilemma
Ethical dilemmas can happen in any business. Employees can be confronted with situations that require sound ethical judgment. Ethical dilemmas can arise from conflicts of interest matters, how company resources are used, and staff issues as well as a result of conflict between the correct and wrong behaviors. When management ignores or does not handle ethical dilemmas properly, the dilemmas can lead to negative effects of any business operations and the productivity of staff. I worked for an organization that dealt with people who had cognitive disabilities and placed in respite care. A family member of a client who attended the day program only of the organization disability service requested that the case manager, arrange respite care for his child because he was no longer able to help his son because of his age and his own health problems. The program had no available respite care because of lack of resources. The case manager decided secretly to assist the father to ‘abandon’ his son so that he could get emergency respite care. The ethical dilemma, as framed by the case manager, was that she assisted the father in deceiving the government, placing the son in a difficult situation, and putting her own job at risk. The father did receive the necessary respite as a result. I worked with many of these clients. Because they had cognitive disabilities does not mean some of them could not tell the difference between right and wrong, and telling the truth. One area of training I did was to train in everyday life skills, community skills, and interaction skills. Part of the interaction training skills was honesty and integrity. The organization worked hard to have these clients be part of the community and be accepted. The high functioning clients with assistance took care of their shopping and bills. Part of my responsibility to help them...