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Ethics and Legal Issues in Healthcare Organizational Policy

In your next manager meeting you will be discussing the following topic. Write down your position on this issue so you are ready for the meeting:

a. Healthcare organizations should get rid of employees that do not match their organizational culture.
b. In your answer discuss any potential legal or ethical issues that might be encountered if this type of policy is implemented as well as ways to avoid these issues.

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1. Healthcare organizations should get rid of employees that do not match their organizational culture.

Let's argue against this statement.

Matching employees with the organizational culture should start in the screening of applicants and early socialization of those hired into the healthcare culture. However, for those employee that are already working, this process can still be accomplished this through education and an effective leader who puts in place certain strategies (discussed below). For the few employees (there is often a handful of resistant workers) that cannot or will not change, other corrective or reprimand measures should be in place, and then if the problems are serious enough and continue, e.g. negative, harassment, etc. these employees should be given their walking papers while keeping with the laws of termination.

Leaders or healthcare managers have the responsibility to develop an atmosphere that benefits both employees and the organization. People's behavior can be influenced and shaped. This requires managers to put in place and use a number of different types of strategies and policies that give the employees a sense of fulfillment in their job positions. This type of work environment has other advantages. It increases productivity, morale, and commitment based on a feeling of shared purpose and solidarity between subordinates and managers. And, this reflects the healthcare culture that is required to meet the mission of the organization. Sometimes it means redefining the culture within the healthcare organization. Although difficult, the chief executives cannot accomplish this alone. Instead, managers have ...

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In reference to ethical and legal implications, this solution helps to examine the hypothetical human resource policy. Strategies to avoid these issues are also examined, and references are provided in APA format.