BUSINESS ETHICS: Three employees’ rights and responsibilities

The first right of employees is protections from any form of discrimination. The employers should treat their employees fairly regardless of their religion, gender or race. The right to health and favorable workplace is important for ensuring that employees are not exposed to any dangers in the workplace. The other employee right is the right to privacy, the information of the employee should not be disclosed to any third party without their consent (Ciulla 2013).

Ethical responsibility in the workplace

            It is the moral responsibility of the employers to look for the wellbeing of its employees. This basically goes beyond the fair pay and work conditions in the workplace to taking a deep concern on the progress of the employees in the workplace in addition to addressing their issues promptly. The employees on the other hand should work and execute their duties to their best with minimum supervision. It is the moral obligation for both the employers and their employees to show ultimate respect towards one another in order to develop strong relationships. The other ethical responsibility in the workplace is honesty. Employees should give truthful information to their employer in order to enable them to make informed decisions. Honesty is a value that should be upheld by the employees in order to promote worthiness. In a workplace, like media auditing firm, the employees should maintain high level of privacy of the information. The employees should not leak any information to the shareholders before it is officially released by the manager.

Common ethical decisions

Employees are often subjected to making decisions meant to test their level of trustworthiness. Trustworthiness is based on giving truthful information even when the information may deny the organization a business opportunity. For instance, an accountant is asked to present the financial statements of the media Company to qualify for a loan. The issue is that when the account presents the actual financial statement of the organization with making some alteration, the organization may not be able to qualify for the loan. The employee in a media firm may also be tested to show ultimate respect towards an abusive boss instead being abusive in return.

An accountant is at a dilemma because as the accountant, he is morally obligated to give truthful information. If the accountant should give the actual information, the organization will not qualify for the loan, which may hinder its new strategies (Greenwood 2013).  On the other hand, if he alters the information, it is unethical and may further dent the image of the organization. In such a situation, the account should stick with what is right, even if it may hurt the corporate operations. Therefore, the accountant should present actual information and then let the bank decide on whether to approve the loan. Additionally, the media company should look for other source of funds if the bank should fail to award them the loan (Zikmund et al 2013).  The second dilemma is that an employee may be required to show respect even when the employer is disrespectful.

Personal values and goals in decision making

            The personal values and goal can greatly impact the decision making in an organization. According to Thomas (2013), values refer to practices that are both socially and personally acceptable. Personal values such as humility can help an employee in the organization to form good relations. Humble employees are less likely to promote their personal interests and take decisions without considering other people in the team. An employee who upholds honesty will be more inclined to make decision truthful without concealing any details or information regardless of the repercussions. Employees who believe in working hard will not require much motivation or supervision in order to execute their duties (Allen, 2012).

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