Student privileges with strings attached
4. Employees WHAT IS AT STAKE
1. Company’s public image
2. University resources
4. Performing employee roles
7. Job security
1. HONESTY: (THE SIX VALUES.. 2012, May 11)Good working conditions are based on trust between the workers. This opens up ways for proper consultation.
2. WORK ETHICS: (Taylor, C. T. 1977)The moral perspective by an individual towards a certain action. One may view his actions as ethical while another views the same action as unethical.
3. INTEGRITY: (Francis, D., & Woodcock, M. 1990)The workers should serve the needs of their customers, as expected. Using the correct means of executing the duties.
4. RESPONSIBILITY: (Golembiewski, R. T. 2000) this is performing their duties with the highest level of diligence and taking into account all the work ethics.
5. LOYALTY Greve, M. 2013)Loyalty can be towards how an individual’s professional duties or towards the institution.
6. ACCOUNTABILITY: (Malin, N. 2000)All workers are meant to keep record of the duties performed in formal documentation.
7. TEAM WORK: (Staff, U. 2003)Independence of workers is important; however it is important that before executing they share out their ideas just to get a wider scope of what co-worker think.
8. PERFORMANCE PRIORITY: (Walker, R. L., & Ivanhoe, P. J. 2007).different workers have varying priorities while executing their duties. One will desire to meet the customer demands first while another will desire to meet the company demands first.
It is important that as an individual maintains the highest level of honesty in performing their duties as this will earn him a lot of trust from their seniors and hence future career advancement (Fowler, W. F. 1935).
Executing all the duties allocated to an individual with the highest level of work ethics brings out a positive professional image and this will be of great importance for future (Fisher, M. 2014, January 1).
It is important that while executing their duties highest level of integrity is maintained. By William giving up his details will derail his integrity and hence will affect even his future career(2007 Contents of Environmental Values).
As much as, due to the spirit of teamwork, we may desire to help out our colleges it is important that we ensure that we are ready to be held responsible for our actions in the near future (Coffield, K., &Buckalew, L. 1984).
Loyalty to the university’s resources is paramount by William is important as he aims at ensuring that he protects his university resources (Arrow, K. J. 1963).
Timothy should be in a proper position to account for all that he intends to do while executing his duties (Beliefs, Value 2014).
It is important that as timothy performs his duties he involves William so as to help him get to learn how various duties are executed in the firm.
It is important that as Timothy performs his duties he ensures that he is aiming for the future good of the firm, and not tarnishes the firm’s reputation in the future (Coffield, K., &Buckalew, L. 1984).
(It is the first day of the week, as William gets into his office on his second week as an intern.)
William: morning Mr. Timothy, (with a smile on his face). This week we were meant to begin on the project allocated, and am wondering where we are to begin and my role in the whole exercise. What can I do to help?
Timothy: (in a soft tone) we need to first need to obtain the various demographic reports and use them in the analysis and develop a final report for our dear customer. However, I am in a dilemma with regard to the cost of running the project. If we are to obtain the reports from our usual supply, we are going to incur a lot of expenses and this may be too expensive for the company to handle. From past experience I am aware that to obtain such reports, will require an average of about $800 per a report. Considering the large number of reports needed, this can result in millions of dollars.
William: (looking surprised) well that is an exceptionally large amount of money; I wonder what the company has in mind towards executing the project.
Timothy: I am also not aware of what the company has in store though I was thinking that you can be of great help.
William: (looking excited) I will be so happy to help. Please tell me how I can I help.
Timothy: considering the nature of the job and your expertise with regards to obtaining the reports, it is so simple how you can help. (Hesitating a little) I will just need you to write me down your electronic identification and the password and let me do the rest. I will access you university e-resources and obtain the relevant reports and save them n my desktop, that simple.
William: (looking surprised and having nothing to say)
Timothy: do not worry yourself, this will enable us to save the company a lot of finances, and the management may be so pleased with us and you never know what kind of rewards is at stake here.
William: well this is can be a great deal to the company and will result in saving, however I have a great concern on how my actions will affect my accountability to the university.
William: (the usage of university is usually guided by certain regulations and the most fundamental one is how the resources are used. We have always been reminded on several occasions that the university resources are meant for majorly academic functions and nothing else. Hence giving in to his demands will result in improper usage of resources. The firm did factor in the cost of the project before agreeing to do it and moreover, the amount of cash paid by the institution towards the resources is not inclusive of other duties other than the academic roles. By allowing the resources to be used by other individuals will be unfair to my friends and other students as this will limit their accessibility to the same electronic resources. This will also be against my moral beliefs and standings.)
Timothy: what is the concern Mr. William?
William: I think that will be against my moral obligation and standing.
Timothy: (raising his tone a little bit) in what sense? Look at this scenario; you have all the rights to utilize the resources of the company mindless of the period and the circumstances you are in. By me accessing some electronic materials through your account does not go against any institution regulation, it is like you doing an assignment and downloading all the necessary material. Moreover, this may increase your relationship with me, I will give you the best recommendation and even increase your network in this field by connecting you to some of my friends. This can widen your scope of learning and also enable you to grow career wise. Am not being self centered but also by us having saved the company such a large sum of dollars, I will get to advance my career in this institution.
William: (looking confused) ok. I get your point so well but I need to first consult with one of our seniors before we can agree on anything.
(William leaves the office immediately, to the manager’s office.)
William: morning sir, (he narrates the whole scenario to him)
Manager: I think it is wise that you call timothy to my office so that we can talk this over the three of us.
William: ok sir. (Leaves the office and comes back with timothy)
Manager: after hearing his argument, I am of the opinion that he has a point in what he is saying and we should consider it carefully. Before going ahead with what you are planning Mr. Timothy, it is important that we give our actions a long term perspective and how it will affect our operations as a firm. Have you thought of the effect such an action will have on the company just in case in the near future the university traces that we once used their resources without their ok. This can really be detrimental to the firm. It will be a hard heat on the company’s public image, a key factor in marketing our services to the customers, and consequently result in losses of millions as a consequence of lost customers. Similarly, our competitors may take advantage of the situation we will be in and hence derail our image the more. Therefore in my opinion, it is better we take up the challenge and use the right means of obtaining the report than saving on some few millions at the moment, just to end up closing down because we can’t compete favorably in the market.
Timothy: (nodding his head) I never thought of such a scenario in the near future. If we are caught then we will have nothing to defend ourselves with. We will be left helpless to the government and our competitors tarnishing our name.
William: that is very true, and we will consequently may be deregistered from our professional bodies and hence loss our job for eternity yet we want save and improve on them.
Timothy: true. (Smiling)
Manager: I am so glad that we finally had a mutual agreement and all of us are happy. I am also happy to u William for bring forth this discussion and wish you well as you work with us.
Is this the best way to have solved the dilemma?
From the whole discussion, at first instance it may appear as if the intern is more mature and professional than the worker. It also indicates that the intern is very honest with whatever he decides on doing. He has given up all getting a good recommendation to settle on nothing. It is also an indicator that the worker is a self centered and ambitious person who is intending to make a good reputation with the firm and ensure that his levels of income are as high as possible.
The manager has acted in the best for, for the good of his employees. He had the option of letting them go ahead with their action and later deny any kind of involvement as an individual. He had the option of allowing them to go ahead with it and even defraud the company by demanding the payment of the cash yet no expense was involved.
All the actions that have taken place are very important as they have saved the company from a very large future embarrassment as they would not be in a position to account for their actions. They may incur a high financial loss at the moment but this is not comparable with the kind of losses they will incur just in case they get caught up by the law in the near future.
This is a direct indicator of the benefits of team work and consultation, it has resulted in a more mature and good decision that will benefit all the parties involved including the university.
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