Ethics During Change
The Cambridge Online Dictionary (2014) defines the word ethic as; “A system of accepted beliefs that control behavior, especially such a system based on morals; the study of what is morally right and what is not.” According to the Merriam Webster Online Dictionary (2014), the general definition of ethics is “An area of study that deals with ideas about what is good and bad behavior: a branch of philosophy dealing with what is morally right or wrong; a belief that something is very important.” Workplace ethics is a set of moral values, systems, or organizational cultures categorizing what behaviors will be acceptable and unacceptable in the workplace. This writer will ...view middle of the document...
When an employee makes the decision to behave unethically or ethically the factors involved in the situation will influence that person such as; background, decision history, managerial philosophy, personality, and reinforcement, research has recognized these factors will affect an employees' behavior when faced with an ethical dilemma. Since ethics involve right or wrong behaviors and the moral choices and issues, these affect the well-being of the organizations staff members and their performance in the workplace. When the ethics affect staff, the organizations production slows down decreasing product or services, and decreases the quality of products or services provided by the organization. However, if the staff members are satisfied, happy, energetic, and dedicated, these employees will take care of the organizations customers or clients, making the shareholders happy and customers or clients coming back (Kerns, PhD., MBA, 2003).
All staff members are change agents within the organization, and have a duty to do everything within our power to make the process of organizational change effective and efficient as possible. This can involve communication and actions that could alter the perceptions of the upcoming change and the ethical behaviors are critical during an organizational change. To understand below is a list with description of both ethical and unethical behaviors (Amico, 2014):
• Accountability – taking responsibility for one’s own actions and those staff members demonstrating accountability are honest acting in a professional manner. During the process of change, staff can experience an unknown fear leading to unethical behavior. Communicate is vital letting the staff know details of and what is expected avoiding any stress or tension among the staff.
• Behavior – During the hiring process, staff members review what the organization considers acceptable behavior. These are found in the employee handbooks, and describe behaviors and consequences regarding unethical language, sexual harassment, improper attire, and the acceptable work hours. If unethical behaviors appear, the misconduct is managed by warnings both verbal and written eventually leading to termination.
• Commitment – staff members committed demonstrates a strong ethic and positive work attitude, making excellent role models, and during change, senior management must ensure the staff members are taken care as they set the example to the remaining staff. However, if there is a change and these committed staff become dissatisfied, others will listen.
• Integrity – being honest and doing the right thing even if no one is watching. During the change process avoiding gossip may become difficult, staff members start speculating what issues will arise with change turning into rumors or gossip, bringing morale down, this behavior should not be tolerated by the organization.