Thiscase results in a conflict of interest between personal and thecompany’s interest. But according to the company’s ethics,decisions should always be based on the needs of the company ratherthan personal interests or desire for personal gain or friends andfamily’s interest(Deckop, 2006).First, I will advise my friend to report the issue and try to makehim understand the situation and its consequences. One, there is aconsequence of both of us losing our jobs because of lack of honestywhich compromises our integrity. As employees of the organization, wehave a responsibility to conduct ourselves with integrity without ourpersonal relationships and interests getting in the way. If thecompany has “screwed” him as he says, then he should file agrievance instead of risking his career, or he can sue the company ingood faith instead of robbing it. As supervisors, our conduct shouldbe of high integrity as we are role models of other employees. But,if he fails to report the issue, an action which would have had noconsequences to both of us, and risks both our career because ofgreed and dishonest, then I will not have any guilt reporting him. Agood friend would have tried to protect me from injury. Thus, I willchoose my integrity above my friend’s greed. By reporting thiscase, I hope I will be able to save my job, and it might not be latealso to save my friend from losing his, and also safeguarding theinterests of the company. The employer can recover the overpaymentfrom his/her employee by making deductions from the monthly or futurewages.
Asa supervisor or the manager, you are a leader and should lead byexample. The qualities of a good leader and the organizational ethicsshould help in working out difficult and conflicting cases. First, Iwill put the case in my hands. I will notify the financial departmentof the overpayment on behalf of my friend in the capacity of amanager and then they will deal with the issue. Failure to reportthis problem will be dishonesty which is unethical. In one way or theother, the organization will eventually notice that there was anoverpayment and as a result, they will track the details to theperson who was overpaid, and my friend might end up without a job. Myfriend will thank me after he realizes that he was making a greatmistake by keeping quiet. As a manager, you have to put yourfriendship aside as it compromises how you do your job. You shouldtreat everyone just as you would have treated a stranger. Favoringpeople because they are your friends corrupts someone’s integrity,and it is not good for business(Deckop, 2006).
Thus,in a friend’s capacity, where we have the same employee status, Ihave two options. First to advise my friend, failure to act on it, Ican report the case to protect my integrity. In the manager’scapacity when the matter comes to my attention, I will actappropriately. As a manager, I have a responsibility to protect boththe interests of employees and those of the organization. Thus,reporting the issue before it is too late gives me a chance toprotect my employee from being fired due to dishonesty and resourcesof the company.
Deckop, J. R.(2006). Humanresource management ethics (2nd ed.).Greenwich, CT: Information Age Pub.