The ethical issue that I experienced stemmed from the Regional Manager James disclosing to other employees information that should have never been disclosed to them. Specifically, that Tom would not make it through his probationary period, and would be demoted due to his inability to perform his new assignment.
The ethical dilemma extended from James who is the Regional Manager, and violated company policy by disclosing personal information to other subordinate employees who would be working under Tom. What even made the situation that more unethical, is that the information was spoken to a family member whom James was not aware of that was Tom family member. The company policy on managerial ethics as it pertains to personnel information and records was violated. Supervisors are not to pass on personnel information, and or disclose to subordinate personnel as per policy and procedure guidelines. What may also have caused a conflict with this situation is that other employee records and even my personnel records were now in question.
Many of the employees who worked under the Regional Manager, all filed grievances to the corporate office demanding that an investigation be conducted, and that the Regional Manager be suspended due to the recent disclosure of personnel information. The corporate office was now in a dilemma, because they had to now possibly suspend and or demote a Regional Manager, and a Supervisor. These two positions are highly visible positions, and would make it extremely difficult for two positions to be filled simultaneously, yet alone continue the workflow for which these