Ethics is important in every organization since it has positive impacts on the organization, its employees and the organization’s performance. Ethics vary from one organization to the other. This is because each organization formulates its own policies and ethical requirements. Organizational culture also varies from one organization to the other. On the other hand, discrimination is any form of segregation in an organization based on race, gender, age, ability or knowledge.
Ethics guides employees on how to maintain professionalism and avoid issues that may cause unrest in the workplace. Ethics can determine the success of an organization in achieving its aims and controlling its workforce. Ethics vary in companies because they have different management approaches, ethical requirements and cultures.
Discrimination is any kind of unfavorable treatment towards an individual based on their personal attributes. There are many forms of discrimination based on age, gender, disability, race, religious belief, marital status, sex and sexual orientation, employment activity or personal association. There are six steps that can be used to avoid discrimination charges in an organization setting. First, one should treat employees equally, fairly and consistently. Secondly, it is important to properly document and keep employee records on discipline and performance so as to avoid discriminatory charges. Thirdly, one should also avoid making sensitive claims based on race, gender, religion, disability or age. Keeping good motives when relating with other employees, also helps in avoiding discriminatory charges. In addition, close analysis of workplace demographics to determine whether one is in a minority or a majority group reduces one’s chance of being accused. Finally, concentrating on one’s responsibilities helps reduce cases of discriminatory charges.
Ethics is important in determining how an organization is run, how its employees behave, work and perform. Ethics vary in companies because they have different management approaches, ethical requirements and cultures. There are many forms of discrimination based on age, gender, disability, race, religious belief, marital status, sex and sexual orientation, employment activity or personal association Charges against discrimination can be avoided by adhering to the six steps of discrimination charge avoidance.
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