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Moral and Ethical Issues Faced by Managers

Topic: Discipline

Describe moral and ethical issues faced by managers.

Explain how the relationship between social issues and ethically responsible management practices relates to your topic.

Provide a workplace example of an ethical dilemma related to your topic. What legal aspects did management face during this dilemma? What legalities governed or should have governed the decision?

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1) Describe moral and ethical issues faced by managers.

In today's work environment, managers often face several moral and ethical issues. Some of them include:

A. Laying off employees-Removing bread from someone's mouth is something that any (or most) managers dread. Therefore, in order to address this issue as delicately as possible with employees, the manager should consider things such as giving them advance notice, encourage employees to work until the effective date, how the employees will be affected, if and which employees will be laid off (based on qualifications, performance), whether to offer a benefit package.

B. Religious practices- Managers should allow employees to express their religious preferences. For example, Muslim employees may want to go for their prayers at the mosque at exactly 12Noon. Christian employees may want to take some time to meditate, etc...Interfering with employees religious practices also means interfering with their purpose for living. That in turns affects their sense of belonging/acceptance in the organization.

C. Culture-Nowadays, most organizations contain employees from diverse backgrounds. As a result, ...

Solution Summary

This paper describes moral and ethical issues faced by managers. Provided is a workplace example of an ethical dilemma related to ethics and legal obligations. Included are the legal aspects that management faced during this dilemma and the legalities that governed or that should have governed the decision.

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