All persons, whether in private or public sector, product or services industry, are guided by ethics (morally accepted conduct); this is undertaking ones duty in a way that the good of all the parties affected by the actions is looked into. Just like human beings, businesses should conduct their activities in a morally acceptable manner.
Business ethics is concerned with truth, consultants’ fairness, and justice while accounting ethics pertains to the code that guides the professional conduct of aspects such as the expectations of society and customers, social responsibility, and consumer sovereignty in the country of incorporation as well as abroad (Weiss, 2008).
In the recent past, the world embarked on massive computerization and each country was having a program of computerization. With the development of the computers, there was the internet that was developed to meet the goal of making the world a global village.
Almost each company whether profit making or nonprofit making, countries embassies, and local government are having a website that gives information (that is meant for public consumption) about the organization. But does computerization assist in ethical standards and guideline, what is the net effect as far as technology is involved? This paper looks into how organizations employ technological expertise in managing their ethical standards.
Technology and Ethical Standards
An ethical organization is one that conducts its business in a way that is generally acceptable by the environs that it is operating in. Many firms are nowadays concerned about values, like integrity and honesty. They are developing or have developed mechanisms to align their activities to the values that they want to uphold. Ethically therefore, managers should ensure that their companies activities produce the best for the larger number of people, locally and globally.
One of the ways to attain this is to ensure that they have computerized their activities. When the right technology is adopted, then the business is going to conduct its business in a way acceptable to the general society. For example with computers the level of waste is reduced and thus pollution is reduced, another example is that there will be a reduction in the use of papers, thus trees will be protected.
In these days of pervasive globalization, an efficient management cannot ignore ethics when making decisions. Managers should recognize that customers as well as other stakeholders in their companies have a right to quality products and services, to meet their existing and emerging needs, at affordable prices, all times.
They should be guided by integrity and impartiality. Managers must institutionalize ethics in their decisions and daily activities. There are various advantages that come with adopting the right technology for the right job they include; efficiency in terms of cost and the time required to do business.
Efficiency has its advantages that it brings with in the business. They range from customer satisfaction that leads to customer loyalty. Computers are reliable management tools that the management can use to control the businesses that they are managing. There are programs that can be adopted and assist the top management on when to make which decision (George, 2003).
Computers and Work Place
Organizational culture is a set of belief that exists in an organization and determines how the employees interact with each other as well as how the workers respond to a certain situation. The culture like any other society defines issues and expected response to them. It is worth saying that the culture is not written down somewhere but it exists and controls the behavior of the organization.
When computers are adopted in a work place then the way business is conducted is shaped. It will show the time an employee reports for duty and when he leaves, due to its efficiency and precision, people are more likely to be punctual thus promoting a good culture. There are some values that the organization holds, and for one to be seen as a “compliant” member of the larger group, you need to act in line with the expectation (Weiss, 2008).
Computers and Human Resources
An organization requires physical and human resources for its operations. How well an organization blends its human resources determine its success. The human resource department is given the mandate of ensuring that adequate employees are available at all times. It has the mandate of planning, deploying, employing, training, retaining, and dismissal of employees. When the department is undertaking this duty, it looks into quantitative and qualitative aspects.
Qualitative means the right number of employees and qualitative means employees with right skills. Computers assist human resource department in this important talk. They are the ones that keep data of employees as well as ensuring that the set standard of working is maintained. For example if computers are used for quality check, then employees are more likely to work had to ensure that they meet the standard of the computer since it cannot be corrupt or explained to. This enhances the quality of the employee.
After this quality has been increased, it becomes a culture that quality must be produced. Another example is the use of computers to check for punctuality. Since it record the real time of reporting, then employees are more likely to be punctual, this becomes a culture with time (Renckly & Renckly, 2003).
George, R. (2003). The ethics of information technology and business. New York: Wiley-Blackwell
Renckly, B. R & Renckly, G. R. (2003). Human Resources. New York: Barron’s Educational Series
Weiss, J. (2008). Business Ethics: A Stakeholder and Issues Management Approach. New York: Cengage Learning