I was in a conference the other day, and the topic of ethics came up.
Ethics affect the managerial decision-making process in several ways. Hiring, evaluation, discipline, and termination are all part of the managerial decision-making process that can be affected by ethics. A manager has many duties, and although a manager may not realize it, ethics play a role in many managerial duties and decisions. This article will discuss how ethics affect the managerial decision-making process.
Hiring is a common managerial decision-making process, and this process can be affected by ethics. Ethically it seems right to hire a candidate with the ability to get the job done, but everyone has biases. It is ethically wrong to hire people because they fit a physical profile that is suitable for the company, but it is also questionable to hire an individual that will be scrutinized by employees and customers because they do not fit the physical profile that is common in a company. Hiring should be based on experience, knowledge, and what an employee can bring to the company. Discrimination is a way that ethics can affect the managerial decision-making process of hiring.
Performance evaluation of employees is a managerial decision-making process that occurs often. This managerial process can be affected by ethics. Performance evaluations can be formal and informal. Formal evaluations art written reports, and informal evaluations are a managerial task that should be consistently done. Performance evaluations are affected by ethics because ethics may cause managers to give unfair performance evaluations. In some situations it is easier for management to give performance evaluations that reflect that employees are better at their jobs than they actually are. This managerial decision-making process is affected by ethics because a manager might feel ethically wrong to criticize or terminate an employee.
Discipline is another area of the managerial decision-making process that can be affected by ethics. Many managers will put off methods of discipline in hopes that situations will get better on their own. This decision-making process is ethically affected because lack of discipline encourages slacking off. It also shows employees that ethics are not important because they are not being upheld.
Termination is a managerial decision-making process that ethics have an affect on. This managerial decision-making process employs ethics because it must be handled ethically. Reasons for termination should be ethical, and the means of termination should also be ethical. It is important to employ ethics in this situation in order to keep the employee being terminated from losing dignity. It is also important that this managerial decision-making process be affected by ethics because other employees will be aware of how terminations take place.
Ethics are important to managerial decision-making processes in several ways. These decisions should be taken seriously, and ethics should be considered when making managerial decisions.