Ethical Principles Violations
Jones (2021) identifies four core ethical principles that are important in the workplace. They are justice, autonomy (beneficence), and non-maleficence. Justice is the equal and fair treatment of everyone. It refers to ensuring all employees receive equal treatment, regardless their gender, race, religion, or other personal traits. The right to decide and have control of one’s own life is called autonomy. It means giving employees the ability to decide about work and protecting their privacy. Beneficence means the obligation to act for the benefit of others. This means that employees must be protected and act in their best interest. This is the duty to do no harm. This means that employees are protected from harm at work by creating a safe environment, protecting their mental and physical health, and taking precautions to avoid any potential danger. Q2. What are the ethical implications of Mark’s actions? Mark’s actions have violated many ethical principles. First, Mark’s verbal and private attacks against team members (including Dona) violate the principle justice. He isn’t treating everyone with fairness and respect. Mark also removed the names of women members from submissions to journal manuscripts in punishment. This violates their autonomy, and doesn’t allow them to take control and make decisions about their work. Mark’s aggressive behaviour towards Dona, which includes refusing to allow Dona to be on the stage with the team, is a violation the principle beneficence. This means that he is not serving the best interests either of Dona nor the team. Mark’s conduct also breaches the principle of nonmaleficence. His verbal and personal attacks upon team members can cause injury and have potential negative effects on their mental or emotional well-being. Q3. What can Mark’s behaviour on the team and company have? Mark’s actions on the team, and company may have serious consequences. First, Mark’s aggressive and abusive behaviour towards his team could result in a decline in morale, and possibly an increase in turnover. Team members might not be happy to work in such a hostile environment.