Executive Summary Statement

Ethical Issues in Management
Debbra Shelton
University of Phoenix
Paul Kramer
April 21, 2010

Ethics is an integral part of the organization’s overall culture.   Designing an ethical organization means systematically analyzing all aspects of the organization ethical culture and aligning them so they support ethical behavior and discourage unethical behavior.  
Organizational culture is created and maintained through formal and informal organizational systems.   Formally through the structure of the organization, selection systems, orientation and training programs, rules and policies, performance management, and decision making process.   Informally, organization’s culture is through daily behavior, heroes, ritual, stories, and language.  
Once employees are hired into an organization they go through an orientation process and given a handbook or a book with the company’s code of ethics.   The handbook spells out the company’s value statements, mission statements, policies, code of ethics, and benefits.   The mission statement is closely aligned with other dimensions of the organization’s culture.  
As an employee of Renasant Bank, I had an unfortunate experience and had to be off work many days.   I was very grateful on how my organization handled my situation with family and personal issues.   Renasant Bank, as an organization demonstrated the effectiveness of its core values which are loyalty, honesty, fairness, respect, integrity, privacy, and service.    
Several years ago, I lost my husband and home in a house fire.   Of course, during time of a tragedy or bereavement, employers usually give employees excuse absentees with time off.   These days are normaly called personal days or bereavement days and are usually three days off with pay.   However, during this period, I had to take more days off than what the company allows to make funeral arrangements, find housing for me and my four children, and handle other necessary business related to the...