Mentoring to Develop Ethical Employees

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Mentoring to Develop Ethical Employees Mystie McGlone Kaplan University MT203: Human Resources Management Paulette Howlett, Ph.D. April 30, 2013 Mentoring to Develop Ethical Employees Introduction Mentoring can be a very effective way of helping a new employee adjust to the culture of a company. Every company has its own way of doing things and as a new employee, it can be difficult to know what is expected of you immediately. Having a mentor to help show you the ropes, so to speak, is advantageous to both the company and the employee. “Employees can also develop skills and increase their knowledge about the organization and its customers by interacting with a more experienced organization member (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, & Wright, 2009). Formal ethics training can be a difficult task as ethical issues are not always black and white. Mentors with good ethics teach employees by example the right way of doing things. Review/Analysis of the Case A senior level executive has a great opportunity by being a mentor to a junior employee. First and foremost the senior executive would want to lead by example. His or her example of what is ethical behavior is going to teach the junior the correct way of doing things. Also, having a good attitude towards employees and treating them fairly are great ways of mentoring. “Perhaps most important is creating an environment in which employees believe people are treated fairly” (Noe, Hollenbeck, Gerhart, & Wright, 2009). The junior employees need to know what is expected of them and how they are supposed to act or perform in certain situations. In training simulations or real life experiences, mentors need to provide the employee with feedback and positive reinforcement. When working specifically for a company’s accounting department and/or directly under the CFO of a company, I would want him/her to
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