Two years ago, my friend had to quit the job because the manager urged him implicitly to spy on his colleagues. The aim of spying was to know what is going on in the workplace to avoid any problems that may happen in the future. My friend refused and resigned because he believed that it is not ethical to do so. He strongly believed that the ethics are important recipe in all our lives’ streams including workplaces. The question that poses itself is: why do manager spy on their employees although they know it creates an unhealthy environment among them?

It is essential to accomplish the goals of the association through effective and efficient use of all available economic resources under the umbrella of ethics. The manager, who wants to manage the business successfully, should perform the following management functions: planning, organizing, staffing, implementing, and controlling. The manager has to marry science/proficiency and ethics to maintain profitability and create positive atmosphere. In order to achieve that manager should check the loyalty of employees which can be done ethically or unethically.

Some managers believe that the profit motive conflicts with ethics concept. They think practicing some unethical actions is mandatory to protect the business and keep its continuity. For example, it is common for managers to have hidden spies who spy on the other colleagues to tell the manager what exactly they are doing, or thinking of, or behaving, or being loyal. Acting this way, the manager feels safe and secure since he/she knows everything that happens within the association owing that success to spies. As a return the manager gives the spies bonuses and favors them on the others.

Although this technique has been used by many managers it still unethical and carries many disadvantages. First of all, the manager should know that the team is like a flock of birds; they go to where you go, maybe further. If the manager decides to jump over the principles and ethics rock, the employees may bring hammer to crash it. In other words, acting unethically by the manager sows the seeds of corruption in the association; give implicit encouragement to other employees to behave in the same fashion to get unreasoning benefits. Besides, unethical practices create negative atmosphere at work, break the trust concept, spoil the employees’ loyalty, and destroy the fairness sense. These factors together combine to take the association down on the long run. Moreover, both the voluntary and paid inspectors will lose their effect after a period of time as they become discovered by all employees.

As a manager, you should be the person who wants the employees to be, act ethically, and be honest, brave and professional in your decisions to depend only on the effectiveness of employees not on any other unethical actions. It is important for managers to spread the fairness and appreciation atmosphere to improve the loyalty and honesty of employees which support the ethical environment. Managers should be leaders which mean to be closed to all employees, make personal meetings with them to talk friendly and discover any problem might affect the performance, give them trust, and appreciate their efforts. The manager also should listen to the suggestions of employees, solve their problems, absorb their depressions, and fulfill their needs. Furthermore the manager must give the employees some fun to recharge their energy, and improve their skills. After all, the manager will evaluate all employees regularly according to their performance, attitude, behavior, and final outputs to determine which place all those factors in the position of the association.

In conclusion, the ethical actions are so important not only on the personal level and the social life, but also in workplaces. However, practicing unethical actions by some managers is done to guarantee the loyalty of employees. These unethical actions spoil the loyalty and ruin the reputation of association. Managers should know that the professionalism creates the success on the short run while ethics maintain the success on the long run. That is why managers should replace unethical behavior by practicing other ethical actions to raise the employees’ loyalty. This way the manager will increase the employees’ satisfaction and performance to maximum levels that push growth of business forward.

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