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Workplace Ethics: On nepotism

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1. What was the ethical issue you experienced?
2. Who was involved? (Please use only first names or initials for the participants.)
3. What was the relationship of the other individual(s) to you?

Analyze the ethical dilemma:

1. Was there a difference in power and authority?
2. What were the ethics in question?
3. What personal values were in conflict?
4. What were the potential outcomes?
5. What were the potential consequences to you and the other parties involved?

Evaluate the outcome

1. What was the outcome at the time?
2. What were the consequences to you and the other parties involved?
3. Based on what you have learned since you began your program of study at the University of Phoenix and through your continuing work experience, would you handle the situation differently or in the same way? Explain.

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Dear Student,
Hereis your solution. Consider it your guide. While it does not write the essay for you, it is an essay in itself. It answers every section of particular questions you indicated in your post by example, a first-person observance point of view. I advice you to print the attached word version.I also encourage you to 'adopt' it to your needs for your essay. While I think that all your indicated questions cannot be contained within that word limit, it can be adapted so as to cover a generalized view that should satisfy your professor. Notice that the first two paragraphs answer your first group of questions (1-3). The Ethical dilemma group of questions (5) is answered in the 3rd paragraph. The outcome was evaluated (with all 3 questions answered) in the last 2 paragraphs. Now, I think that your immediate concern would be the structure of the essay. Do not despair --- use the structure I provided/used below, reword it if you will. It will cover all the necessary inquiries you will wish to take up.

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Workplace Ethics: Questioning Nepotism

Nepotism happens when bias is applied when choosing a candidate for a certain position, favour being bestowed upon a relative of one who is already in place. Skills, education, capacity, experience --- key factors that decide who should fill the position are disregarded when it is practiced. In formal organizations especially in Federal Offices, nepotism is not just in bad taste or a display of negative work ethics; it is illegal when the basis of hiring is proven to be so. The interest of a company or an office is to fill the vacant position with someone who is most competent and capable, the best candidate out of all the applicants. In local federal offices doing public service for example, if the Mayor of a city installs his son in an important position (say City Administrator) without due qualifications especially when there are other candidates around who are far more experienced & competent than him, nepotism is in the works where the interest of the public is ignored and the Mayor could be accused of abusing his power.

A Personal Experience

I am a regular contributor/writer for a travel magazine. Our Editor of 5 years had suddenly resigned in the middle of putting together one of our biggest publications when she was diagnosed with cancer. The Assistant Editor despite the abrupt changes managed to hold court; with the assistance of our small team we turned out a rather pleasing issue. This went on for 2 more months. The roles change, I was no longer just a contributor but performed reporting as well, shoes that used to be filled by our Assistant Editor who now had to look after the magazine as an Editor in Chief would. Everyone in the team thought that nobody knew the magazine, what it is ...

Solution Summary

This solution analyses a particular workplace ethical dilemna, Nepotism. It provides a sample essay that discusses nepotism from a first person perspective.

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Format: Paper, double-spaced, APA format, 5 page minimum.
? Narrative description of the situation, including details of issues, people involved, thought processes, and final decision made. You may change the names of others involved, if you wish. You may include consequences if they have happened by now. (This section should not be more than one page.)
? Application of course material. Naturally, you cannot include all our course material that pertains to your case. Therefore, you need to sift through the material and select the most relevant, interesting, insightful, and significant. Through your application, you need to be mindful of how the material taken from the course fit into its context so that you don't distort it or take it out of context to make it fit in your application. You need to accompany this analysis with a thorough examination of the significance, meaning, and insight the course material provides in its support of or argument against your action.
? Conclusion(s). What have you learned from reviewing this situation through the lens of this course? What are you aware of now (about ethics) that would have helped you make your decision had you known it at the time? Would you change your decision now? Why or why not? Significance? What are your "take away" lessons from this analysis?

Grading: Will be based on the accuracy of your understanding the course material, the extent to which you apply it, the level on which you perform your analysis, the thoroughness of your discussion, and the quality of the insights you have. As always, the intellectual standards from critical thinking (clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, logic, significance and fairness) are the measurements of the quality of your thinking. Be sure to proofread your papers. Grammar and mechanics count.

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