The Ethics of Managing People... What Would You Do?

Thursday 6 February, 2020

Ethical dilemma

The ethics of managing people... What would you do?

Photograph of two individuals having coffee, viewed from above the table. Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash.

Photo by Joshua Ness on Unsplash

You are the head of your department in a large organisation and have a good relationship with the majority of your staff.

Recently you noticed that one of your senior female employees - a married woman - has been making advances towards a junior male employee.

There is no indication of harassment, but a lot of coffee breaks together and subsequently the productivity of both parties appears to be significantly reduced. They spend a lot of the time talking together and you’ve now started to notice a pattern of them occasionally being absent on the same day.

What would you do?

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Re: The Ethics of Managing People... What Would You Do?

Thursday 13 February, 2020
by Julien Meinrath
I think it would depend on the personal relationship I had with the Senior Employee. If it were close enough I could speak to her to gain a better understanding about what was going on before making an assumption. I could suggest she leave personal friendships that take time out of productivity out of the office environment.

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