LASA—Identifying Issues of Ethics and Employee Fear/Uncertainty

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In this assignment, you will build upon your response to the Required Assignment (RA) in Module 4. You will continue your case study of your chosen organization.

Scenario: Now that you have defined the problem, use behavioral theory constructs to explore how organizational teams might affect the change effort.

Instructions:

  • Discuss factors of diversity including various types of diversity likely to be encountered in the organization.
  • Identify actual ethical perspectives/approaches within the organization. (Note: Do not identify that something is simply ethical or unethical.)
  • Explain how factors such as offshoring and outsourcing may lead to employee fears and uncertainty.
  • Discuss how all the previous three items (i.e., diversity, ethics, and offshoring/outsourcing) may lead to conflict individually and in teams. Include the specific types of conflict that may be present. How might even individual conflict affect a team’s performance? Is there a systemic component to this consideration, and if so, how?
  • Recommend a manner to minimize, or perhaps alleviate, such fears and uncertainty.

Write an 8–10-page, well-argued case paper in Word format. Be sure to include a summary section. Note: The title page, references, and appendices are not included in the page count.

Apply APA standards to citation of sources. The course book, the trade journal(s) noting the problem, as well as peer-reviewed journal articles are to be used to support your position and theoretical constructs. General Internet sources will not be accepted as references. Click here to download the APA Guide. Use this guide to format your assignment.

Write your responses in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrate ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources; display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation per APA (6th edition) standards.

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Identifying Issues of Ethics and Employee Fear or Uncertainty
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ETHICS AND EMPLOYEE FEAR AND UNCERTAINTY

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Identifying Issues of Ethics and Employee Fear or Uncertainty
Introduction
Wal-Mart is a multinational retail organization that runs various types of supermarkets,
hypermarkets, departmental, drug stores and many other similar retail businesses across the
globe. The organization was first conceived in the 1940s but began operations in the 1960s, it has
since grown and currently has over 11,000 stores and clubs and has operations in more than 28
locations globally (Walmart, 2017; USSEC, 2017). The organization employs more than 2
million employees and is considered as on the leading companies worldwide in terms of revenue,
it also serves a wide range of clientele in various physical locations and the companies ecommerce sites, meeting the needs of approximately 270 million weekly (USSEC, 2017).
According to Wal-Mart, an inclusive workplace is one where the associates are empowered, and
they can be the real them daily in the places of work which in turn results in better service to
their customers.
Nevertheless, the organization has been faced with concerns relating to gender inequality
that has threatened to jeopardize its reputation. The human resource department has been blamed
for unresponsiveness despite having all the necessary tools at its disposal to deal with the matter.
The paper will attempt to explore the challenge of diversity and inclusivity and specifically focus
on the principles of behavioral theory in exploring how organizational teams could effect change
in the organization.

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Diversity; Factors and Types

Diversity is the acknowledgment, acceptance, understanding, and appreciation of the
differences that touch people on personal differences such as race, class, gender, ethnicity, and
disabilities among others (Green et al. 2015). The phrase is commonly applied in the work
setting to describe a workplace that is all-inclusive, one that accepts and acknowledges the
differences that may exist within its staff and leverages their strengths and advantages by
applying approaches that encourages them to attain their full potential (Green et al. 2015). In
workplaces at any one time, there may be people of different ages, longer serving employees
bring to the table a wealth of experience that when integrated with the younger members' stands
to benefit the organization. People of different religions may bring about some challenges, and
the organization needs to be aware and be sensitive to their needs, other types of diversity
include disability, race, gender, and ethnicity. Other types of diversity could also include the
skills and talent that the team possesses. A diverse workforce is, therefore, an important part of
any organization, and being able to manage it is a priority for any entity and when done
effectively will, in turn, result in better efficiency and productivity of the staff (Pynes, 2013).
When the staff is valued and in the place of work and their differences are appreciated it creates a
favorable working environment that allows for better productivity of the team which in turn
translates to the overall good performance of the organization (ADCQ, 2013).

Ethical perspectives/approaches within the Wal-Mart

In the past Wal-Mart has been faced by unethical behavior which has resulted in criticism
of its operations. For example, back in 2012, CJs Foods which partnered with Wal-Mart was
found to mistreat its workers who were mainly migrants from Mexico. Additionally, there were

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concerns about safety violations, back pay, and wage violations. Several corruption allegations in
various locations in South America have also tainted the image of the company. There is also the
case of gender inequality that also plagued the organizations. Numerous changes have been made
in recent years to change the negative image that may have been attached to the entity.

Wal-Mart has approximately 2.3 million associates globally which comprise a diverse
team. To ensure that they stay productive the organization has invested in traini...

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