Chapter 8/Ethical Environment, business and finance homework help

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Below is 8 question, please answer with an 60 or more word count.

Chapter 8/Ethical Environment

1. What is HR’s role in creating an ethical environment?

Chapter 8/Creating Ethical Environment

2. My organization did not have a formal ethics policy until recently when I wrote one up. However, that did not mean we didn’t act ethically. Our owner is very caring and ethical which is great! By having an ethical person at the top of the organization, our employees were able to see that example and act accordingly.

Having a written ethics policy is important but it has to be followed. If you do not hire and retain ethical employees and hold those employees accountable, then the policy is moot. To help ensure policy is followed, you should:

  • Develop an ethics philosophy and specific guidelines for implementing that philosophy
  • Create an ethics credo that shows employees that they have obligations extending beyond their work
  • Set an ethical example

What individual and social factors can influence employee’s ethical behavior?


3. There are “Five P’s of Ethical Power” which are:

  • Purpose: Individuals see themselves as ethical people who let their conscience be their guide and in all cases want to feel good about themselves.
  • Pride: Individuals apply internal guidelines and have sufficient self esteem to make decisions that may not be popular with others.
  • Patience: Individuals believe right will prevail in the long run, and they are willing to wait when necessary.
  • Persistence: Individuals are willing to stay with an ethical course of action once it has been chosen and see it through to a positive conclusion.
  • Perspective: Individuals take the time to reflect and are guided by their own internal barometer when making ethical decisions (Goetsch, 2008).

Goetsch also said that deciding what is ethical is easier than doing what is ethical. I actually disagree with this statement and luckily our organization always makes the ethical decisions. What is your opinion? Do you agree with Goetsch?

Framework for Human Resource Management, Module A/Discipling

4. Explain how you would ensure fairness in disciplining, discussing particularly the prerequisites to disciplining, disciplining guidelines, and the discipline without punishment approach.

5. HRM needs to be consistent with administering discipline. According to DeCenzo, 2013, there are several guidelines that should be followed.

  • Make disciplinary action corrective rather than punitive
  • Use a progressive discipline approach
  • Follow the hot-stove rule
    • Immediate response
    • Advance warning
    • Consistent action
    • Impersonal application

Define discipline and the contingency factors that determine the severity of discipline.

6. Most employers base their termination policies from a union termination policy in that employees get warnings before they are terminated. For the most part I think this is fair because everyone makes mistakes and employees deserve to know what is expected of them. However, I have also heard it is difficult to be terminated in a union environment. Do any of you have any knowledge of this?

Because the process employers have to go through for terminating union employees is lengthy, do you think that creates an environment where employees can underperform and remain employed?

7. Why is it important to manage dismissals properly?

8. Why is it advisable for an employee retention effort to be comprehensive?

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