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Professional Workplace Dilemma Paper

Tabitha Ford

Interdisciplinary Capstone Course


Jeanette Jensen

July 11, 2011

Workplace Dilemmas

Nearly every working individual has been faced with a career dilemma. Some issues today’s working industry may face include downsizing of staff, pollution, allocation of scarce resources, employee rights, and discrimination against women and minorities. These types of ethical dilemmas are complex and difficult to resolve. Today's workforce is composed of people who are more diverse than ever in culture, religion, education, and socioeconomic status. These people enter the workforce with differing backgrounds, values, goals, and perceptions. These differences can cause conflict between personal values and organizational values; ultimately creating an ethical dilemma. This assignment entails a professional dilemma and values conflict experienced before beginning or during studies at University of Phoenix. Dilemma Experience

After working as a sales associate at a local, privately owned jewelry store for more than four years I was promoted to a managerial position. I remained in this position for two months before the boss, Sean, who also holds sole ownership of the store, told me that one of my employees among several others is to be laid-off soon. I was told not to share this information until instructed otherwise. Meanwhile, one of the employees, Aaron, mentioned that he just bought new carpet for his house and planned to buy braces for his daughter. I continually wondered what the right choice was (I even tried to obtain advice from friends and family). I was instructed not to tell the employees until further notice, but these people are not just employees, they are also my friends. If I keep the information Sean shared with me private I could be jeopardizing a friendship, and placing my employees in a financial hardship (I was aware that Aaron was planning to invest over $12,000 in dental work...
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