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Slow Down: The Challenges of Ethics in the Workplace

Cristina Wildermuth HeadshotBy: Dr. Cristina Wildermuth

The Code of Ethics for the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) requires HR professionals to act ethically in every professional interaction.” (SHRM, 2014). Ethical decisions, however, may be trickier than we think. First, HR professionals are asked to be both fair and compassionate. Sometimes, these two critical demands clash. Second, HR professionals may feel closer to some employees than to others. Proximity tends to change the way we reason about ethical decisions. The presenter will share the results of a study involving more than 1,000 HR professionals, suggest implications of her findings, and offer recommendations.

Presentation Objectives:

  • Explain the meaning of a moral dilemma
  • Explain how reason and intuition may “clash” in the solution of an HR moral dilemma.
  • Define proximity and explain how closeness to others may be a “double edged sword” in the solution of ethical dilemmas
  • Propose possible solutions to reconcile the need for compassion and the need for fairness in HR decisions

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Posted in 2018 Speakers, Friday (10:15-11:30)