Ethics in business refers to a set of principles that govern the general behavior of personnel (Sims, 2021). The HRM is solely responsible for the recruitment and welfare of employees in any organization. Some of the roles that HRM plays in maintaining business ethics include; it spells out the established rules and expected behavior to the new employees. This ensures that employees do not find excuses for behaving inappropriately. For instance, employees should be informed about arrival and departure times to ensure maximum output.
Company facilities such as telephone and internet contribute to the general operational expenses. If the employees are left to misuse them, expenses will increase thus reducing profits, additionally, other resources such as water and electricity should be managed properly otherwise they significantly reduce profits. It is the role of HRM to inform the employees of the importance of conserving resources and putting them to the right use.
According to Sims 2021, sexual assault is on the rise in many organizations. The victims have the right to report the assault to the relevant authorities. This, however, impacts the company negatively as the HRM is put under investigation to determine the precautionary measures they have put to avoid such inappropriate behavior. In addition, the company may lose its reputation and clients. In this regard, the HRM needs to spell out the dangers of assaulting co-workers as a strategy of preventing the accrued repercussions.
Employees have rights that are part of the ethical considerations in every organization. The workers should have a clear guideline on procedures followed during promotion, compensation, and resignation. Also, the employees should be aware of ethical bleaches that lead to service termination. If the HRM however fails to inform the employee of such critical information, there will be room for legal action upon the termination of an employee over certain misconducts. Therefore, the HRM should take the responsibility of managing employee behavior to avoid unnecessary legal issues.
Employees and the management comprise adults of sound mind. As individuals, they can make decisions on their own. In some organizations, the employees are left to make decisions and manage their behavior without HRM interference provided they attain set targets. However, this freedom has failed many business entities. For instance, the employees may show consistency in arrival time during their first days in the company, but at realizing the freedom they develop laxity, thus failing to meet set targets. It is therefore important to note that despite employees being adults with the ability to make decisions, organizational ethics is solely a management thing.
Sims, R. R., & Bias, S. K. (2021). Human resources management and ethics : responsibilities, actions, issues, and experiences. Information Age Publishing, Inc.