HRM 300 week 1 DQs 2 - 14007

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What is business ethics?

According to DeCenzo and Robbins (2007, p. 429), business ethics are a set of rules or principles
which define what is right and wrong conduct in the business environment. Ethics based on law are
obvious and more easily policed, however, in business, ethics are not all based on law, many are based
on a "grey area" of moral grounds. A person lacking strong moral character is less likely to engage in
unacceptable behavior if they feel bound by rules, policies, and other controls. Many companies have
a formal code of ethics. "A code of ethics is a formal document that states an organization’s primary
values and the ethical rules it expects managers and operative employees to follow" (DeCenzo &
Robbins, 2007. p. 22).

What are some examples of unethical behavior within an organization?

One of the most common examples of unethical behavior within an organization is cheating on a
time card. Many employees will "fudge" on their hours to avoid losing money from their check. In
my previous job a young man was leaving the property for two hours or more at lunch but was still
reporting a full day of work. He was brought into the manager's office and reprimanded and threatened
with termination. He continued to fudge his time but by smaller increments. He was spared termination
once again as he was a supervisor's son. This behavior is also unethical and very, very common.
Nepotism within companies occurs regularly, as does preferential treatment of the relative(s) of the
supervisor or manager. Ethics are in place to provide fair treatment to all employees.

How is HRM involved in business ethics?

HRM is involved in business ethics in the training, communicating and enforcement of the company's
code of ethics. When an employee violates the ethics policy HRM usually is responsible for determining
and enforcing punitive action.

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What is business ethics?

According to DeCenzo and Robbins (2007, p. 429), business ethics are a set of rules or principles
which define what is right and wrong conduct in the business environment. Ethics based on law are
obvious and more easily policed, however, in business, ethics are not all based on law, many are based
on a "grey area" of moral grounds. A person lackin

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