Ethics during Change
Companies face many types of challenges, from financial strain to competition. However, ethical challenges can be harder to detect and more difficult to fix because they often aren't visible until the issue has taken over staffs emotions. While there are several ethical issues that face a company, some stand out more than others. (Belcher, 2014)
Ethical Issues Organizations Face
One of the major challenges companies face when it comes to ethical issues is the self-control of its employees. Whether it's an ethical issue that is monetary in nature or one that revolves around devotion to company policy, the reason this is a difficult issue for many companies is because it is out of management's hands. While a company can give its employees rules, policies and other directions, it cannot guarantee that employees will exercise self-control when it comes to ethical decisions. We all can relate to many employees being unethical in many situations.
Another ethical issue during change is that when you are a manager, you have to be careful of how much of an open book you can be. You walk a fine line between being open with staff and interfering with any changes that take place within a company. Sometimes, despite your need to tell employees everything that's going on, you simply may not be able to do so until you get to a certain point in the process. Ethically speaking, when changes will affect the staff directly and have an impact on their ability to do their jobs, it's best to speak up and say so. Be honest and sincere with them. However, companies struggle with this because releasing too much information too soon could compromise the process of change and the change can be for the worse.
Belcher, L. (2014). Two Challenges That Many Companies Face in the Area of Ethics. Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/two-challenges-many-companies-face-area-ethics-23390.html