How Personal Can Ethics Get?Abstract
This paper is about a case study ?How Personal Can Ethics Get.? The documents present a discussion about at ethical dilemma that an employee at a fragrance company is facing. This discussion states what is right and what is wrong in an ethical dilemma. In this paper we will review how personal differences and preference can impact organizational ethics, as well as organizational policies and procedures. We will also discuss the dilemma the employee is facing and there recommendations.
Discuss how personal differences and preference can impact organizational ethics.
What is Organizational Ethics? Organizational Ethics is defined as the ethics of an organization, and it is how an organization ethically responds to an internal or external stimulus which also expresses the values of an organization to its employees and/or other entities irrespective of governmental and/or regulatory laws (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics). The ethics competency includes the knowledge, skills, and abilities to incorporate values and principles that distinguish right from wrong when making decisions and choosing behaviorsand ethics are the values and principles that distinguish right from wrong (Hellriegel/Slocum 2011 p.10). Personal differences and preference is one owns belief as to what they think and feel about things. .Personal differences and preference can impact organizations ethics by the perception of management and employees. In the case ?How Personal Can Ethics Get?, Valerie Young a marketing manager who worked for a fragrance company, Wisson, with no green card to work in the United States, whom just got accepted into Graduated school, recently found out her boss Lionel Waters are getting paid kickbacks totaling over $35,000 a month. Valerie the company policy, but instead she decided to put her personal situation before her morality and wait until she almost complete school to tell anyone. Valerie knew that if she told anymore the effects this could have on her. She chose to do what was best for her, by continuing to stay in the United States, continuing to go to school, and continuing to use the company benefits.
Discuss how organizational policies and procedures can impact ethics.
Organizational polices is a course or method of action selected, usually by an organization, institution, university, society, etc., from among alternatives to guide and determine present and future decisions and positions on public matters (http://www.encyclo.co.uk). A procedure is a written set of instructions. It has logical step-by-step directions on how to carry out the policy. It tells one how to perform a set of tasks. Organizational policies and procedures is what guide the company and benefits both the employee and employers. Organizational policies and procedures can impact ethics by having good morals if someone doesn?t do right by these policies and procedure. These policies are enforced to help employees to determine what is right and what is wrong in a situation and give directions to managers. As stated on ezinarticles.com, having clearly written policies and procedures contributes to the long-term stability and safety of your organization by:
?Serving as a blueprint for growth of your organization.
?Giving management the ability to let their employees manage themselves rather than management micro-managing their staff.
?Providing a clear understanding of your organization’s mission, values and vision.
?Allowing a continuity of services throughout your organization and assisting in training new employees.
?Providing employees with a clear process of how to do their job and how the organization works.
(http://EzineArticles.com/867371). In the case ?How Personal Can Ethics Get?, Wisson, a fragrance company policy states: Personal payments, bribes or kickbacks to a customers or supplies or the receipt of kickbacks, bribes or personal payments by employees are absolutely prohibited (Hellriegel/Slocum 2011 p.564).Valeria found out that her boss Lionel Waters were receiving kickbacks from two companies. Waters did not follow the company rules instead he bypass the company organizational policies and procedures by receiving over $35,000 amount in commissions and fees. Waters also used the company money for his own personal use and went overboard in doing so. We wanted to show off his horse hiding talents so he rented an entire stable outside Chicago and he expensed it to the company. Waters was not being ethical, he was only looking out for himself, what made him look good, and used the company money to do so.
Discuss the ethical dilemmas that Valerie is facing.
Valeria is facing several ethical dilemmas. One ethical dilemma Valeria is facing is doing nothing because she is an immigrant, who has a special visa to work in the United States and she knows that if she turns Waters in and the company falls, she will have to leave the United States. Another ethical dilemma she is facing is her not saying anything right away and choosing to wait until she almost ready to graduate from the M.S. program (she recently got accepted into Master of Science program) and the fact that the company pays her tuition. Is Valeria looking out for the best interest in the company she works for, or is she looking out for her own personal welfare. Since Valeria is choosing to wait to report Waters, she is much as guilty as he is. By her waiting she is costing the company money by collecting her salary and benefit and Waters is costing the company even more money from his salaries, benefits, and kickbacks.
Recommend what Valerie should do. Provide a detailed explanation.
Valeria is in a hard situation as to what to do, what is best for her and best for the company. I know that she wants to do the right thing, but the right thing should cause her to lose everything, her special working visa, which allows her to work in the United States because she is a non-U.S. citizen, her job, and education. But if I was her, I would definitely report this as soon as possible to someone higher up (Wesson CEO) and explain what she had seen and let the company investigate this. Doing the right thing could pay off in the long run and she can at least say to herself and others, ?I Did The Right Thing?. Just because she reports Waters and he get fired, doesn?t mean that the company is going to fall, because as stated in the case Waters? team did all the work and had to make most of the decisions without him because he was rarely around and his team learn to be efficient and productive by themselves. So by him not being there actually can bring the company up even higher. And Valerie could still be able to keep her job, her working visa, and continue to finish school. And if for some reason the company falls, I think another company will hire her fast, because of the good that she had done for her company, Wisson.