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1.Describe in brief, the two approaches to employee treatment discussed in this chapter.

2.Correlate the concepts of due process and ethics to the workplace.

3.Discuss the various aspects associated with employment at will.

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1. Describe in brief, the two approaches to employee treatment discussed in this chapter.

Two approaches to employee treatment mentioned in the business literature are: (check to make sure they are the approached discussed in your chapter)

? The traditional focus of business ethics is the morality of action. This results in conclusions about which business practices are acceptable and which are wrong. For example, employees have ethical rights. When a business practice violates these rights, this practice is unethical, period.

? An alternative focus is the morality of character?what human traits are associated with virtue and goodness on the one hand and vice and evil on the other. Using start-up executives as a case in point, using this alternative approach, two key points can be made about the ethical treatment of employees. First, most start-ups are inhospitable places for genuine scoundrels. Second, while start-up executives generally try to treat their employees ethically, there are four temptations that keep them from being at their best (http://www.scu.edu/ethics/publications/iie/v12n1/treatment.html).

Another approach mentioned in the ethics business literature is as follows:

A positive ethics approach looks out for the best interests of both the employees and the company with positive workplace ethics training. People want to go to work every day knowing that they won't be harassed, that coworkers play by the rules, supervisors treats them with respect, and the company will honor the ethical principles they hold dear. A serious ethics program will attract and keep good employees not scare them away (http://www.globalethicsuniversity.com/workplace-ethics.php).

2. Correlate the concepts of due process and ethics to the workplace.

The concept of "due process" in the workplace refers to procedures involved in conflict, grievance or complaint processes where employees feel they have been wronged or discriminated against. These are ethical issues. There is an organizational 'due process' in the resolution of employee/employer conflict.

Ethics scholars have given considerable attention to the values and principles that guide "right" and "wrong" behavior in the workplace. This increased focus on ethics and employee rights in the workplace stimulated a need for organizational procedures to resolve employee/employer conflict with "due process." For example, increasingly, there has ...

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This solution describes two approaches to employee treatment and correlates the concepts of due process and ethics to the workplace. It also discusses the various aspects associated with employment at will. Supplemented with an informative article on the federal laws prohibiting job discrimination.

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