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MGT301A Discussion Forum: Accessing Internet Violating Company Policy Assessment 1 Answer

ASSESSMENT BRIEF
Subject Code and Title
MGT301A: Ethics and Sustainability
Assessment
Assessment 1: Discussion Forum Post
Individual/Group
Individual
Length
500 words (+/- 10%)
Learning Outcomes
b) Apply a range of ethical frameworks and develop a vocabulary for ethical issues.
Weighting
10%
Total Marks
100 marks

Context

This assessment provides an opportunity for you to begin to explore how ethics have played a part in your professional life. You will have the opportunity to focus on one situation and analyse it from a range of ethical perspectives with the aim of understanding:

  1. how ethics is part of your day-to-day professional practice, and
  2. how your current thinking about ethical issues influences your professional practice.

You will develop the skill to identify and describe an ethical issue, articulate the various choices you have available to you and discuss how you determine what actions you should take. You will also develop your written skills by presenting a coherent description of an event, demonstrating the capacity to reflect on your behaviour.

The assignment will help you to develop an ‘ethical mindset’ when making workplace decisions and learn to identify the ethical frameworks that inform those decisions.

Instructions Post

This post should be around 500 words. It should include:

  • A very short description of a workplace event where you had to make an ethical decision (150 words). (Examples of the type of event you might write about will be discussed in class).
  • A reflection on how you made the decision to act in the way you did (250 words). The following questions might help your reflection: What alternative actions did you consider?
  • Why did you choose one action rather than another?
  • What factors did you consider in making the choice?
  • Identification of two ethical frameworks (chosen from the 6 frameworks discussed in Module 2.1), that could have helped you with your ethical decision. These should include a reference to a two relevant books or journal articles that are not part of the subject resources and a brief description ff their content (100 words). You simply need to identify the two frameworks, not describe them. Descriptions of the frameworks can be found in module 2.1.

Format

This post can be presented only as a piece of written text and does not need headings. It should include appropriate academic referencing and a reference list following the APA 6th edition style of referencing. Please see the Academic Skills page on Blackboard for information on referencing in APA 6th go to:

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Preparation for this assessment should include:

  • reading all the course materials for modules 1 and 2.1, and
  • undertaking library research to locate two relevant books or articles.

The Grading Rubric (pp. 3-6) is your guide to how your assessment will be marked. Please be sure to check this rubric very carefully before submission.

Answer

ETHICS AND SUSTAINABILITY

Assessment 1: Discussion forum Post

While working in a multinational telecommunication company, I had to take an ethical decision in order to address a workplace event. A group of employees were identified accessing internet violating the policies of the company when they need to work. They were wasting time by visiting useless websites breaking the internet policies of the company. 

When I came to know about the issue, I decided to adopt drastic measures to stop this. Due to unauthorized internet access, the company had to incur a huge loss.  At first, I thought that I should discuss the matter with my higher authority and take decisions accordingly. I have considered adopting a number of measures such as setting expectationsarranging progress meeting at a regular interval, offering them incentives for working efficiently and so on. At first, I had considered setting a specific schedule by which those employees should deliver their assigned task. Furthermore, as a part of my strategy to address the issue, I had also considered the provision of setting the deadline for each task in order to keep those employees on track. I thought that merely setting deadlines might create pressure on the employees. As a result, their quality of work could be affected. Therefore, I thought to adopt a strategy of monitoring the progress by organizing regular meetings. From my past experience, I knew that regular meeting was effective in terms of bringing workflow among the employees. In order to keep the workers of the organization on track, I have also considered organizing a bi-weekly meeting. As a part of my strategic decisions to bring the workflow back in my company, I thought to provide incentives with the best performer. I thought to provide them with incentives in various forms such as prize, bonus and coupons and so on. I assumed that providing lucrative incentives could be an effective way to motivate employees to work more and more for the company without getting distracted. 

After considering all those alternatives I have finally chosen the first one which is setting the deadline for each task in order to dissuade them from unauthorized internet access breaking the interest policies of the company. I had chosen this particular action because it could help my organization to achieve both short-term and long-term goals. Moreover, I thought that this action might discourage them to waste a lot of time by accessing the internet while working.

I considered a series of factors the time of determining the action to address the issue. Those factors encompass the mission and vision of the organization, flexibility, employee satisfaction, workflow, profitability and a number of various other con constraints.

The two ethical frameworks that can be implemented to address the issue are Utilitarian approach and Virtue approach. In the article named ‘Doing the Right Thing,’ the author has pointed out that ethical theory has been gaining more and more important in the domain of computer ethics (Jones, 2016). The author has also described the advantages and limitations of applying various ethical theories, especially the Utilitarian theory. He has further pointed out that the code of conduct adopted by IT companies should be regarded as a crucial source of guidelines in ethical practice. In the article named ‘Everyday Ethics in Professional Life,’ the author seeks to outline the issue of ethical dilemmas and how they can be addressed by applying the virtue approach (Banks, 2016). She also seeks to discuss the application of general ethical principles in order to adopt an appropriate course of action.   

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