Ethical Organization Profile: Kudler Fine Foods

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Current Ethical Issue Paper Patricia Henson XMGT/216 Version 2 February 26, 2012 Jeffrey Harris Current Ethical Issue Paper The organization that I am going to be using to create my ethical organization profile is Kudler Fine Foods. It is a retail store that is owned and operated by Kathy Kudler. The company offers a wide selection of gourmet quality foodstuffs. They sell fresh baked goods, fresh produce, fresh meats and seafood, condiments and packaged foods, along with wine, cheeses, and specialty dairy products. The mission at KFF is to provide consumers with the finest selected foodstuffs, wines, and related needs, in an unparalleled shopping experience. At Kudler Fine Foods consumers will encounter an experienced, helpful,…show more content…
Currently the attorney that consults for Kudler Fine Foods is Anne Shousha. Ms. Shousha is a successful tax attorney working with a major accounting firm in San Diego California. The dilemma with KFF using Anne Shousha is that she is Kathy Kudler’s sister-in-law. This creates a conflict of interest. Not only are Ms. Shousha and Kathy Kudler related, but Kathy is the only person associated with KFF that has any dealings with Anne. It is a store policy that all “slip and fall” injuries be reported to Kathy. Other than those incidents it is up to the discretion of managers to determine what should be reported. All reports go to Kathy and when she feels it necessary she discusses issues with her attorney, Anne. Another issue with this professional relationship is that Kathy and Anne have informal discussions outside of the office, usually during a family gathering about professional issues. The process saves KFF money because they are not charged for these consultations, but they can be viewed as questionable behavior between individuals. This sort of consortium does not set a good ethical example for other employees of Kudler Fine…show more content…
All supervising managers should abide by a set standard for evaluating employees. Some employees have received more than one poor evaluation of performance and they were put on probation, and in some cases they were given a raise. This is unfair to those employees that perform well or above the expected performance level. This type of system does not encourage employee growth. What this does is show the employees that they do not have a set code of conduct to follow. A system such as the one in place can discourage those employees that strive for excellence on the job. A new system is in order here. Employees that receive a poor performance evaluation should be put on probation immediately. The next step should be for the supervisor to ask questions and try to develop a good rapport with the employee to see what is going on in their personal lives. By doing this managers show that they care about their employees and are willing to help them if possible. It also serves as a good way for management to lead by example. If supervisors and managers display acceptable behavior and are consistent in doing so, their employees will follow the examples set for

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