Backgroundto the experience
Thestandards that provide an outline of how businesses should beconducted are the basis of ethics in trading. Anything that goesbeyond these rules comprises an ethical dilemma. I had an opportunityto work on a short-term basis in a given company where almost all thesenior management positions were held by the male individuals. Fromthe history of that company, there is no one given moment that theworking females had taken control of the office for even a singleday. So, it was known that the managerial positions were meant forthe male individuals in the firm. I was not up to this concept giventhe fact that the world has gone digital and the concept of genderequality should be stressed by all organizations globally.
Theethical dilemma in the firm is discrimination. The female worker whohad been recently recruited to take a senior position drew a conflictfrom the male colleagues who did not recognize her in any manner. Iwitnessed some of them making abusive remarks towards her for beinggiven a senior position in the office. I did not see any reason todiscriminate against her because of the sex instead the workmatesshould have understood that the positions should be balanced acrossall genders in the company. If it happened that this behavior wasknown to the public, the reputation of the company was to beadversely affected. Women are also people who should hold executivevacancies in any office as long as they have the necessary workexperiences and qualifications.
HowI resolved the situation
Inresolving this ethical situation, I decided to take an obligation toobserve the lady in question concerning how she performed her duties.To my surprise, she was almost perfect in her job responsibilities,which she performed to the set expectations. On matters of decisionmaking, she gave directions that were very beneficial to the companyas a whole without any personal interest. This was in line with thetheory of deontology which mandates people to adhere to theirobligations and duties in all circumstances when they are called uponto help in decision making (Corrigan 2012, p. 328). The femalemanager was keen observing the law in her undertakings and fulfillingall she had promised. I was encouraged by her work and tried toconvince them to see the positive part of her. It was not easy for meto change their view, but I continually gave her credit, especially,when her actions were productive. I approached the directors andrequested them to conduct sensitivity training by invitingprofessional speakers who would shade light on the issue of genderequality in the working environments. My point was taken seriouslygiven the hostility that was already evident towards the lady.Various experts continued to visit the facility and at long lasttheir efforts yielded fruits.
Thefinal consequences/outcomes of my actions
Astime went by, people started to see the sense in what I was tellingthem. They witnessed how committed she was and the way her departmentwon numerous rewards because of better performance. The hostilityreduced greatly and she became a friend to several other menworkmates both in the senior and junior positions. I heard some ofthem suggesting that we need to struggle during interviews to dobetter than the ladies because they seem to be competitive in thefield. All the abusive remarks turned to be congratulatory messagesand the history of the company changed completely for having womenworkers in the management positions.
WhatI learned from the experience
Fromthe experience, I learned several issues from the company for theshort time I worked there. It is unethical and discriminatory totreat any employees in a weird manner because of their gender.Employees need to know that all businesses are not discriminatorytowards any gender concerning the positions available in it.Similarly, the culture of an organization has a role to play as itmakes the workers stick to some behaviors that do not make sense.However, through sensitive trainings, this phenomenon can change, andpeople will learn to be flexible to the changing environment and theneed to compete in the open position regardless of their gender.Lastly, all organizations know the harm of discriminating womenagainst holding some positions and they are encouraging them to makeapplications where they believe their competency is needed.
HowI can apply this to a learning situation
Alllearning institutions are comprised of people from diversebackgrounds working towards a common interest. Among them, allgenders are inclusive in all positions available in theorganizations. It helps build the image of the company by avoidingany practices of discrimination against a particular genderespecially women. All the learning institutions can function well ifall these people can freely compete in management vacancies.
Theethics defines what the society considers to be wrong or right. Inthe business context, the actions made should conform to this andalso work within the limits of law. Above all, discrimination is amatter that has no position in the organizations conducting business.
Corrigan,R. H 2012. Ethics:A University Guide.Gloucester, Progressive Frontiers Press.