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Topic: Based upon your personal experiences in the military and/or knowledge of specific topics in the human resources arena, write a scholarly, argumentative paper on some aspect of human resource management and/or development. Your paper should encourage discussion, debate and critical thought about your particular topic. It may be necessary for you to select a contentious subject or issue, pick a side and support your decision.

Requirements: APA formatting, list all references and 3-4 pages in length

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Ethics within Organizations
I would open the essay with a question as I typically do with most of my academic papers. Is ethical behavior driven from nature or nurture? The question of what drives ethical behavior within organizations is a priority issue in human resources. Does the individual make the organization ethical or unethical, or does the organizational culture make the individual ethical or unethical. For example, ethical scandals that have occurred at companies such as Adelphia, WorldCom, Enron and others have shown society that many businesses need an ethical renewal (Kadlec, 2002; Grant & Nuzum, 2004). The unscrupulous acts of these and other companies has attracted the attention of the public and law makers (Grant & Nuzum, 2004), who have enacted new laws to reinforce ethical business practices. However, this paper will represent the argument that enduring ethical change can only be initiated by individuals themselves, and not by company's or government agencies.
Ethics and Social Responsibility
In recent years, headlines have been filled with reports of individual and corporate ethical violations. Toxic mortgages, bank bailouts, and unscrupulous lending practices have all combined to shatter the illusion of trust between the public and many business organizations. What are ethics? How do they affect companies and their social responsibilities? At this point of the paper I would define ethics. One definition of ethics could best be described as a set of moral values or principles that guide the conduct of individuals and society (Callan & Callan, 2005). With this general definition as a reference point, we can begin to perceive the importance of ethics in personal and professional lives. So, for your definition with a citation: "The aim of ethics is to identify both the rules that should govern people's behavior and the "goods" that are worth seeking (Bateman & Snell, 2007, p. 151).
Use historical examples of ethical business problems. Many of the ethical foundational elements that are in business entities today were incorporated because of societal pressure. For example, child labor laws that were first enacted in the mid-1800s were created because as a society people thought that children should not be subjected to the inhumane conditions that existed in factories at that time ("Child Labor," 2006). As a result, union leaders rallied workers to protest the perceived unethical practice, which ultimately prompted legislators to change labor laws. "In the 1850s, in large northern cities such as New York, parents sent out children as young as 6 years old to contribute to the family income. Many children worked as scavengers, gathering other people's trash to sell" (Child Labor, 2006).
However, not all of the ethical problems are this blatant, most especially in a business environment are dilemmas, which are more difficult to define. Ethics are not merely conceived from personal perspectives, and it is difficult to define how management or employees should behave in every situation, companies do not exist in a vacuum; they are part of the social fabric that holds society ...

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You are the newly hired Human Resources Manager for Thompson-Pritchett, Inc., a customer service and sales organization that has been in operation for two years. You were hired to develop a fully functioning Human Resources department which will provide enhanced HR services for the 150 employees and the leadership team. Over the past two years, the human resources functions have been spread among several individuals within the organization, including an administrative position which processed paperwork and the management team which typically handled their own human resources issues.

The CEO recognized the need to bring in an HR professional who will provide more strategic support for the organization to help them with their aggressive expansion goals. You are aware that there may be initial resistance from the management team; therefore, you plan to schedule one-on-one meetings with each manager, where you will get to know their leadership styles, department functions, as well as their needs and challenges. You also plan to hold communication sessions with employees to introduce yourself and discuss your role in helping them with HR needs they may have. You realize that trust is earned, and it may take some time for the management team and employees to feel comfortable with you. You are prepared for this!

Before you can begin addressing organizational issues, it will be important to engage in an organizational analysis to find out where things currently stand. This process consists of familiarizing yourself with the company background and assessing existing challenges and issues. Part of this process may include what is referred to as SWOT analysis-identifying the strengths, weakness, opportunities, and current threats with regard to human resources areas. This type of analysis provides the foundation from which to begin to formulate recommendations.

The critical areas in which you intend to focus initially include staffing, policy review, training, performance management, pay practices, benefits, career development/recognition, and retention. You are aware that with the HR functions spread among several individuals within the organization, procedures and policies are inconsistent within the organization. Through the centralization of these functions under the "HR umbrella," consistency should be restored.

You are very much aware that any initiatives you recommend must be tied to the corporate goals and designed to support the CEO's vision for the company. If you are to successfully align yourself as a true business partner, you will need to be prepared to provide financial data and other concrete figures to support your recommendations. For example, in your brief time with the company you quickly recognized an issue with employee turnover. You know that in presenting recommendations for addressing turnover, you will need to show the financial benefit to the company and how a reduction in turnover can lead to an increase in productivity and reduced expenditures. Demonstrating the return on investment for your recommendations will be key.

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You realize this will be a challenge and know that effective communication and relationship building will be critical and will help to facilitate the changes to be made. You have considered what will be required, and you are prepared and eager to make a difference!


1. Corporate ethics have been the focus of increased attention in recent years. Many companies have looked to their HR team to develop a comprehensive ethics policy. You have been asked to develop an ethics policy for Thompson-Pritchett, Inc. After meeting with the CEO, you learn that she would like the policy to cover the following: gifts from vendors, use of confidential information, and conflicts of interest. You take your challenge to an HR networking group. Share your thoughts on the value of an ethics policy to ensure legal and ethical standards are maintained. What measures do you feel should be taken to ensure the policy is enforced? Do you feel there are issues to be considered with implementing an ethics policy? If so, what are they?

As a second step of this assignment, develop a sample policy to be presented to the CEO. Come to a consensus on the parameters of the policies and a communication plan.

2. Delegate parts of the policy and communication plan.

I need help, ideas and suggestions to get me started. I am lost in terms of where to begin. Any help would be appreciated.

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