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Employee Relations Ethics and the Changing Nature of the American Workforce
Chong W. Kim
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Andrew Sikula Sr.
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Kim, C.W., Emmett, D., & Sikula, A., Sr. (2001). Employee relations ethics and the changing nature of the American workforce. Ethics & Behavior, 11 (1), 23-38. …show more content…
Most private and some public institutions have been organized to make a profit. Major focuses might appear to change within organizations, but often an alteration is more appearance than reality. For example, instead of being owner oriented, modern companies allegedly now are customer driven. Either way, bottom-line thinking and action prevail. Yes, of course, modern theories of management include multiple stakeholders or various agents (agency theory), but the agents usually are protecting their own economic interests.
We take a different perspective, stemming from some widely held and other not-so-widely held beliefs: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Human resources are every organization's most valuable assets (widely held). All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity (widely held). People initiate and control organizations, not vice versa (widely held). Ethics are more important than profits (not widely held). Means are as important as ends (not widely held). Employees should be empowered and treated as entrepreneurs (not widely held).
Most organizations today ride the politically correct, customer-driven bandwagon. Although recognizing multiple constituencies, stakeholders, and agents, they focus their attention on customers, consumers, or clients. We believe that
such popular thinking is as destructive as the historical