Presentation on theme: "HR Ethical Dimensions First phase – a preoccupation with social justice Second phase – a preoccupation with development of humane bureaucracy General interest."— Presentation transcript:
1 HR Ethical DimensionsFirst phase – a preoccupation with social justiceSecond phase – a preoccupation with development of humane bureaucracyGeneral interest in ethics
2 Defining EthicsDictionary singular definition – ‘The moral value of human conduct and the principles that ought to govern that conduct’Dictionary plural definition – ‘A social, religious or civil code of behaviour considered to be correct, especially that of a particular group or profession’
3 Ethics In Business Terms Part of a culture of an individual businessSets the behaviour by which staff abideSets guidelines followed by staff as it makes practical sense in enabling them to do their jobs
4 Early Management Concerns With Ethics Victorian philanthropistsAndrew Carnegie – charity and stewardshipMilton Friedman – criticism of social responsibility1980s return of interest
5 Incongruity of Business Ethics Business is about the pursuit of profits – won’t businesses act immorally whenever necessary?Executive salaries being out of line – isn’t dramatic inequality wrong?Is it wrong to subject workers in their mature years to so much insecurity?(Novak, 1996)
6 Need For Ethical Guidelines People seek justification for their decisions and actionsMoral justification – value systemsEthical principles – voluntary agreement by membersEthical standards – generated by businesses
7 Codes of EthicsBy early 1990s one third of leading British companies had a written ethical codeHow are they supported by people to whom they apply?Necessary that all codes are understood, appreciated, and willingly honoured
8 Criticisms of HRM Approach to Ethics HRM is amoral and anti social – ignores the pluralistic nature of work organisationsThey have lost their claim to independent professional standingIs ecologically destructive(Hart, 1993)
9 HR Interest in EthicsWelfare conceptDeviant innovator
10 Job Enrichment & Humanising the Workplace HR managers have not abandoned their interest in welfarePersonnel managers shun traditional approach as it is ineffectualConcentration on surroundings in which work is carried outGiving more meaning to jobsNeed for hearts and minds not just hands and muscle
11 CIPD Code of Professional Conduct AccuracyConfidentialityCounsellingDeveloping othersEqual opportunitiesFair dealingSelf development
12 Ethics Across National Boundaries Social responsibility international dimension has still to be developedEthical standards varyGames are played between governments and multinational companies
13 Current & Developing Ethical Dilemmas EnvironmentEqualising opportunitiesQuality of working lifeInformation technologyEmploymentSelf improvementPersonal element
14 Life in the Business Quality working life holds Job redesign initiativesHas the quality of working life declined?Workplace stressLack of comfortable feelings of security
15 IT & the WorkplaceWhat will be done to make up for what technology will take from us?How great will the influence of the computer on HRM work actually become?Will technology provide a different social institution?
16 Employment How will people find employment Management of own careers Flexible employabilityHow will job prospects in the economy be improved?
17 Self Improvement Relating pay to performance Delayering Development of novel aspects of corporate culture
18 On a Personal NoteEthical challenge – process of management is seen to be carried out by peopleMBWA – management by walking aboutHR as ‘a contact sport’HR managers need an ethical sense
19 Summary (1 of 2)Ethics are part of the corporate culture that sets the norms of behaviour staff will abide byEthical standards vary between national culturesEthical codes are only valid if they are appreciated & willingly implemented
20 Summary (2 of 2)Personnel managers and HRM practices are regularly criticised for failure of social responsibilityCIPD has a code for its membersThere are a number of current and developing ethical dilemmas
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