Ethics Individual Reflection

EthicsIndividual Reflection

LEADERSHIPAND ETHICS

Oneof the main ethical problems that the management needs to addressurgently is the shady human resource decisions. Most often than notit is usually the manager that has the responsibility for hiring,firing and promoting workers in a company. However, most managersfail to undertake that task ethically and instead opt to rely onnotes and personal bias (Byrne, 2011). Consequently, the managersconsider shady human resource practices such as staff member’sfamily, ability to find a new job or age in the process of hiring,firing and promoting people. Schwartz explained that (2012) personalbias and word of mouth recommendations have seen qualifiedindividuals miss a job opportunity they should have. The managementshould therefore, put the right infrastructure and measures in placeto bar the managers from making shady human resource decisions.Consequently, the measures and infrastructures in place would go along way in preventing the ethical problem that is shady humanresource decisions.

Thesecond ethical concern that the management needs to address isnepotism among the workers. Nepotism as an ethical issue has existedfor a very long time and continues to encroach and entrench in manycompanies up until today. Just like shady human resource decisions,nepotism has locked out qualified individuals from holding positionsthat they rightfully deserve. Many managers have many times opted tohire members of their family despite them having the slightest ofqualification (Pies and Hielscher, 2010). People tend to think thathiring family members would help enhance loyalty in the company orbusiness. The management should, therefore, strive to put rules andregulations that will bar managers from hiring relatives not unlessthey have relevant qualifications.

Organizationalethics in ethical advertising decisions is one of the main factorsthat affect organizational structures in tremendous ways. In anyorganizational structure be it big or small, ethics entails of fiveessential elements: honesty, trust, integrity, openness andconfidentiality (Mobley, 2012). Consequently, advertising ethicdecisions of an organization structure are, therefore, no differentand ought to uphold the five elements of ethics. Differentorganizational structure most often than not need to advertize toincrease their popularity and customer base depending on what theorganization does. Mobley (2012) illustrated that Advertisements bythe organizations get the consideration of being honest only whenthey portray the truth about their services and products. However,many organizations have opted for unethical advertising through theirexaggeration of their products and services all in a bid to attractmore people. The deceitful and misleading advertising path is takenby the organizational structure has had a considerable impact onorganization ethics on advertisements.

However,for the government, which is a public agency, advertising whetherethical or unethical does not fall within their scope and has noconsiderations whatsoever of ethics. The government through thevarious ministries and dockets it has put in place tend to advertizeon what people want to hear. Consequently, the people will get theidea and the notion that the government is working. For instance, inthe recent past the government carried out a massive campaign on theAffordable Care Act (ACA) popularly known as the Obamacare. Themassive campaign was predominantly through advertisement to reach asmany people as possible (Derickson, 12). Millions of middle-classAmericans and the low-income Americans saw the act as the viableopportunity of accessing healthcare because of what theadvertisements portrayed. However, little has happened on the groundif anything healthcare has dilapidated. Therefore, to the falsifiedgovernment advertisement is not an issue of ethics with theirorganizational structure.

Oneof the activities that would hinder my ability as a leader to tacklethe issue of shady human resource decisions is negotiation skills. Toeffectively tackle the ethical issue of shady human resourcedecisions, it is mandatory that I as a leader to sit down with themanagement and negotiate a way forward.In many companies andorganizations, shady human resource decisions are part of the companyand the management might find it had to let go of such an unethicalissue. After an assessment and self-evaluation of myself, I know thatI am not a good negotiator, and I will, therefore, have a hard timein dealing with the ethical issue of shady human resource decisions.Moreover, my sympathetic nature as the activity would also affect inmy tackling of the ethical issue of nepotism. I tend to feel that Iam indebted to most members of my family and so I would be doing thema favor by hiring them to work in an organization where I am theleader.

Oneof the strategies I will use is to appoint an assistant leader who isbetter in negotiation than I am. Moreover, I would lay out stringentrules and regulations that the human resource department is to upholdat all times. On the issue of nepotism, I would relinquish the powerof hiring and firing people. The organization would have in place aset if the panel with the responsibility of hiring new employees.

Slaughteringanimals for the sake of obtaining meat is uttermost cruelty to theanimals because the animal’s life ended unjustifiably. Therefore,butchering animals for meat cause more harm than good. Consequently,any practice that results in net harm or causes more harm than goodis wrong thus making slaughtering animals a wrong activity. Doctorsand nutritionists have argued that the meat especially the red meatis a slow poison that causes lifestyle diseases such as cancer.Health experts have further argued that meat has a very high contentof calorie hence resulting in weight gain amongst the eaters. Thepractice of eating meat, therefore, causes more harm than good to theconsumer making meat eating an entirely wrong practice.

Animalrearing is an extremely involving process that comes with multiplechallenges along with it. A sizable acreage of land is necessary forlivestock rearing depending on the number of the available livestock.The more the livestock, the larger the land needed. The farmer spendsmuch time looking after the livestock in the grazing fields. A largeherd of cattle consumes a considerable amount of grass and end upleaving the ground bare. Bare ground is susceptible to erosion, aprocess that entails the carrying away of the loose topsoil. Erosioncan result to land infertility thus making the land incapable ofsupporting vegetation.

Theconsumption of meat, on the other hand, brings about numerousproblems and health effects to the consumer and the environment, aswell. When cooked meat produces carcinogenic compounds in the form ofproteins called heterocyclic amines. Animal flesh cooked at very hightemperatures produces heterocyclic amines. Meat is one of the mainagents that cause cancer in the contemporary world. Meat contains thefat that the animal produces and contains high amounts ofcholesterol. Cholesterol builds up in the bodies of human beingsleading to obesity and increases chances of contracting chronicdiseases such as hypertension from meat consumption. Health and dietspecialists have discovered that synthetic hormones that disturb thebody hormonal balance are in the meat. The synthetic hormones comefrom the injections that the animals get to enhance the growth of theanimals.

Itis reasonable to say that slaughtering an animal causes the animalmore harm than tantalizing effects received by the consumer. Theanimal endures excruciating pain during the slaughtering processoften expressed by the ferocious anger and the resistance of theanimal. Most of the animals live in torturous condition, inwarehouses and the factories were the animals stay before the trip toslaughter houses. The animals mostly are in small dingy rooms withhardly any space for moving and the congestion makes the room stuffydepriving the animals of fresh air. Research has shown that the redmeat is the largest portion of meat consumption standing at 58percent in The United States and that 22 percent of the meat is fromfactories. Reports have further illustrated that one person consumesan average of 128 grams of meat per day. The average Americanconsumes about 110 lbs of meat annually, which is equivalent to halfa goat. The meat obviously comes from different places that areunknown to the consumer thus risking the health well-being of theconsumer. Such factors make the consumption of meat more harmful thanit is good for the consumer.

Allin all, the consumption of meat is a dangerous undertaking to theconsumers. Meat consumption has adverse effects on the health of theuser ranging from diseases that can kill someone in an instant tothose that take the time to kill the consumer. The taste of meat tothe consumer is incomparable to what the animal undergoes duringslaughtering. The pain inflicted on the dying animal is far muchworse on the animal. The conditions in which the animals live put theconsumer at greater risks when consuming the animal meat.

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