This paper examines the influence of ethics on decision making and the impact of technology on work-related stress. It looks at how, up to recently, there has not been much research on both these issues and however, due to recent developments related to the growth of the internet and dot-com crashes, both issues are now being taken seriously by business. The field of organizational behavior has grown rapidly in this time period and is today a complex tapestry of historical trends, contemporary trends, and new emerging trends.
The Impact of Ethics on Decision-making
When speaking of the impact of ethics on decision-making, it is hard to pin point a subject to speak on. Ethics is tightly intertwined with decision-making in business today. Objectivity, impartiality, integrity, honesty, and ethical principles above private gain – These are high ideals to which to aspire, and a challenge to maintain. Ethics or morality poses questions about how we ought to act and how we should live. Everything we do, or don’t do, is a choice that can affect the course of our lives and the lives of others. Such ethics rest on universal values that cut across time, culture, politics, religion and ethnicity. With all that at stake, it
Therefore, when analyzing work-related stress, it is important to obtain an objective understanding of both the demands of the job and the vulnerability of the person. Both the job and the person play a role in situations of work-related stress. There is also the constant pressure to keep up with technological breakthroughs and improvisations, forcing employees to learn new software all the times. For example, deciding to help the ecology by recycling hazardous waste material might not carry much weight for a small company, but for a large organization with tens of thousands of employees and locations all over the world, this decision could greatly impact world ecology and how the public views the company. Ethics can influence our decisions in many ways. There are many tools for decision making, but few guides to indicate when situations might have an ethical implication. Workers working with heavy machinery are under constant stress to remain alert. As a manager, one must be aware of the often times, subtle influences of ethics in decision-making. Ethics also means, then, the continuous effort of studying our own moral beliefs and our moral conduct, and striving to ensure that we, and the institutions we help to shape, live up to standards that are reasonable and solidly-based. Ethics refers to well based standards of right and wrong. The Impact of Technology on Work-related StressWork-related stress is experienced when the demands of the work environment exceed the employees"tm ability to cope with (or control) them. Ethics refers to well based standards of right and wrong that prescribe what humans ought to do, usually in terms of rights, obligations, benefits to society, fairness, or specific virtues. It is necessary to constantly examine one's standards to ensure that they are reasonable and well-founded. Etms clear that the impact of ethics on decision-making carries deep rooted and heavy effects.