Ethicsin Action

JohnMelton, an accountant manager of Stahl industries concerned about theperformance of his employees, intends to install a monitoring system,which will collect and keep data on employees’ usage of computers.This move was prompted by an increase in employees’ use of thesocial networks while doing their duties, which worried him. Hence,this essay examines the legality and ethicality of Melton’sintended idea and proposes a suitable recommendation.

Somethingthat is unethical might not be illegal, so let’s examine thelegality of the issue (Newton,2014).Do the intended actions of Melton violate professional standards orcompany’s principles? The company policy requires that “employeesbe treated with respect, free from the threat of harassment anddiscrimination.” Employees in private sector have few venues tolaunch a complain when the employer installs a monitoring system tosafeguard his business. Due to technology, physical monitoring hasbeen replaced by CCTV and software: technology initiated monitoring(Newton, 2014).To prove whether a surveillance action is illegal, the balancebetween Melton’s actions must be weighed against the reasonableexpectations of employees’ privacy (Newton,2014).The organization allows limited use of the internet, but Melton hasnoticed an excess. Consequently, the actions of Melton are legal andnecessary as long as he monitors only the use of social networkwebsites and not personal information like email contents and thechats.

Whetherthe actions are ethical, you have to evaluate if monitoring people isa good idea (Newton,2014).Do you like being monitored in your work? Such actions might strainthe relationship between employees and managers as it destroys trustbecause adults do not like being monitored as a result, it willreduce employees’ morale (Newton,2014).I would recommend that Melton does approach the issue by involvingthe employees through a talk. Therefore, I advise Melton to abort hisidea and use a more friendly approach.


Newton,&nbspL.&nbspH.(2014).&nbspBusinessethics in the social context: Law, profits, and the evolving moralpractice of business.New York, NY: Springer.