Why HR Management is Always Ethically Relevant

2013. május 16. 21:50

Chris MacDonald
CSR News

Even if it weren’t in charge of ethics training and ethics policies, the HR function would remain ethically crucial.

„Ethics is fundamentally concerned with the choices we make — either as individuals or as companies — when those choices have an impact on people’s well-being or their rights. And so ethics is and must be part of all of the policies and activities for which HR is responsible, not just the ones that have the word “ethics” explicitly attached to them.

Hiring, for instance, (or setting the rules for hiring) involves balancing a range of value-laden criteria, such as skill and experience and reliability, and avoiding ethically-inappropriate criteria such as race, gender, and sexual orientation. The same goes for performance evaluation. Likewise, how overtime is handled — who is eligible, under what conditions, with whose permission — is a fundamental question of justice. This is also true of policies related to discipline, which obviously require attention to fairness, another central sub-topic within ethics.

So even if it weren’t in charge of ethics training and ethics policies, the HR function would remain ethically crucial.”

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