Dynamics of Ethics

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Dynamics of Ethics

Monique Cone


December 6, 2010

Audra Stinson


Dynamics of Ethics

Organization influences the ethical behavior of employees. Employees care and always question about the ethical conduct of employers and tend to believe the action rather than the word of the employer. Managers can discipline an employee by verbal warnings or punishments. However, if a manager himself does not conduct himself ethically, an employee will not find good reason to follow the organization's rules. An example is in the case of Exxon-Mobil's management bribing foreign officials in Kazakhstan to obtain a contract deal. As the higher-management in Exxon-Mobil had set a bad example, employees working in Exxon-Mobil will not find good reason to follow the ethical guidelines that were implemented (Finegan, 1994).

How an employee behaves in an organization is made up of attitudes towards pay, promotions, co-workers, supervision and the work itself.

These factors can play an important role in influencing how an employee in the organization behaves. A reasonable amount of wage should be paid in accordance to the kind of work an employee does. Extra bonuses and perks should also be handed out for hardworking employees. When an employee performs well and has shown potential in able to make important decisions, a promotion should be handed out in recognition of this ability. An organization should also work to ensure that there is harmony among the managers and workers and mediate to work out any conflicts (Finegan, 1994).

An employee's expectation on being treated fairly and ethically by an employer in return with a fair and reasonable amount of work is called the psychological contract. Employers that uphold the psychological contract will have employees that are more satisfied with their jobs...