HRMT 645 LUM Revising the Policies Questions

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Within organizations, the human resources department is considered an ally by some managers and a barrier by others. The legal requirements of managing HR require you to be the dispenser of policies, procedures, and rules at times and a trusted counselor and guide at other times. There are varying perspectives on the value HR policies bring to an organization. In other words, the policies, procedures, or rules may be viewed as tools that help or hinder leaders from managing their people and will either detract from or enhance company performance. When not properly aligned with the company's goals, they can negatively affect the success of the organization. You know that you need to review the current HR policies, procedures, and rules and anticipate that you may be recommending changes, additions, or deletions. Because you are still new and solidifying your position within the company, you are concerned that missteps now will cost you your "place at the table." 

You decide to consult with your mentor-an experienced, powerful HR executive at another company. She presents the following for you to consider: 

  • What steps will you take in your policy, procedure, and HR rules review with the jewelry company?   
  • What will that involve? As you consider their HR policies, how will you ensure they are effectively aligned with what you see as the company's goals?   
  • If you find areas where policy revision is needed, how will you present your recommendations?   
  • How do you feel your recommendations will be viewed?   
  • Do you anticipate resistance? If so, what plan do you have to overcome that?   
  • What do you see as the possible outcome from policy revision in terms of impact on the company's performance?   
  • Write her an e-mail addressing these issues.

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1 Developing HR Policies Goldman Jewelry Company Ethics Policy Bianca Lopez Colorado Technical University 2 Developing HR Policies Ethics is deemed the highest of all practical disciplines as what it teaches is of the highest importance for life. Ethical principles to date stir up arguments causing people to believe there is no natural basis for ethics in reason; over two hundred years ago during Aristotle's time, the controversy on what is morally right or wrong still existed. Ethics is founded on various principles inclusive of virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. In the last and continuing decade, so many profitable businesses have failed mainly due to lack of business ethics or what we are discussing an ethics policy. Corporate ethics despite having being given increased attention in the recent past continue to be a point of concern for many organizations. More so, existing literature on corporate ethics holds that ethics start at the very top of an organization which is made up of the management. Bass and Riggio (2006) point out that leaders have an idealized influence because their followers respect them, trust them, admire them, and imitate them. The idealized influence is achieved through the leader's personal attributes and also their constant behavior observed by followers. Hence, if the top of an organization is not trustworthy, transparent or does not have morals the rest of the employees will also not have morals leading to the downfall of the organization. Moreover, business ethics more so in Goldman Jewelry Company involve everyone in an organization and go a long way in ensuring business continuity. It goes without saying how sensitive matters of ethics are to customers because if a customer is scammed in whatever capacity by a certain business, that business has lost that customer for good and possibly a few others in their circle. Therefore, ethical codes and specialty guidelines ensure that practitioners render services of the expected standards. And so, it is anticipated that employees will use their skills, training and education to identify and attempt to resolve daily issues in a way that conforms to both ethical and law standards (Galliott, 2016). 3 Developing HR Policies Furthermore, for an organization to establish an effective ethics policy it requires to first have a concise and clear code of ethics that are structured in line with the organizational structure as well as culture. Secondly, it is important that there is clear communication of the ethics policy to all stakeholders of the organization from management, employees, customers, suppliers and distributors. With the leadership of the management enforce the ethical policy through acknowledgment and positive commentary of ethical behavior in the organization. Also, equally punish unethical behavior by any of the stakeholders to the organization. This way, all stakeholders will conform to the organization ethical codes of conduct. After enforcement of the ethical policy establish a hierarchy of responsibility where you have a framework of responsibility on matters ethics. Additionally, the framework should have a system of balances and checks and involve all stakeholders for responsibility (Galliott, 2016). More fundamentally, despite the position in the hierarchy everyone should strive to make a good example of following the set ethical codes. Communication of the ethics policy should be executed in the most effective way possible. A copy of the codes of conduct should be given to all stakeholders and sufficiently explained to their satisfaction to avoid future misunderstandings. Goldman Jewelry Company should use all available channels to communicate the ethics policy and make sure that all stakeholders are aware of the consequences of violating any of the ethical codes. Also, Goldman Jewelry should see to it that the ethics policy is translated for understanding in all relevant nationalities. Moreover, the channels of inquiry and reporting of any violation of the codes of conduct should be made clear and the support they will be accorded in the process of doing so. Goldman Jewelry Company is committed to conducting business in accordance with the highest standards of business ethics. More specifically, Goldman Jewelry company ethics policy on gifts from vendors is best if it is highly prohibited because they can be used to fueling employees 4 Developing HR Policies into unethical behavior. Further, receiving of gifts in any form from vendors if encouraged can create a sense of entitlement to the employees hence looking down upon vendors who do not offer gifts. Besides, the use of confidential information should be considered unethical and punishable by both organizational measures and the law. Any use of confidential information for personal gain should be punishable by being fired from Goldman Jewelry and further reported to the relevant authorities for an invasion of privacy. Additionally, ethical code on conflict of interest should be structured such that employees cannot attend to customers or stakeholders who have a prior relationship of any kind especially blood relations. Such measures will ensure that Goldman Jewelry Company is fair, forthright and honest in all its business transactions. Also, even though it is impossible for the organization’s code of business conduct and ethics to address every possible scenario in daily operations decision making, it is expected of all employees to uphold the high standards of business ethics through good business experience and judgment (Reynolds, 2014). Additionally, all employees have an obligation to report any observation or suspicion of unethical activities linked to the organization. Furthermore, Goldman Jewelry Company prohibits any kind of retaliation on anyone who reports a violation of the codes of conduct in good faith. In conclusion, one of the main advantages of effective ethical policies is a good reputation for a business. A good reputation is in itself an asset that influences an organization’s profitability on a significant level. Therefore, ethical policy in an organization should be given the highest priority for effectiveness and efficiency. 5 Developing HR Policies References Bass, B. & Roggio, R. (2006) Transformational leadership. (2nd ed.) USA: Psychology Press. Brentano, F. (2009). The foundation and Construction of Ethics: Compiled from his lectures on Practical Philosophy by Franziska Mayer-Hillebrand. Abingdon: Routledge. Galliott, J. (2016). Commercial space exploration. Ethics, policy and governance. Australia: Routledge. 6 Developing HR Policies Reynolds, G. (2014). Ethics in Information Technology (5th ed). USA: Cengage Learning
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