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Ethical Risks in Wrong Termination Strategies

   

Added on  2019-09-30

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Ethical issues and risks involved in wrong termination strategiesThe process of terminating an employee is actually an indirect powerful message that the organisation communicates to its remaining employees. As the message could be both positive and negative, ethically and morally speaking, the process of termination has to beadopted only when performance coaching has failed. (Heathfield. M, 2016). Termination, if not effected ethically, could in turn give rise to ethical issues like discrimination claims, retribution for fraud and retaliation from the affected employee. As an organisation cannot always follow the employment-at-will principle, wrong termination strategies and disclosure of personality traits of an employee, other than fraudulent behaviour as reasons for termination would potentially pose the following risksto any organisation: (Jacoby.M , 2015)Upon violation of employee rights, the organisation can be sued by the estranged employee.Trade secrets could be leaked to competitors and company property like mobile phones, credit cards, computer passwords could be lost altogether. Company could lose its reputation, if the affected employee, discloses the inappropriate termination strategy adopted against him/her in social media networks.As termination in itself would affect the party to concern psychologically, the employees who continue to work with the organisation, start working under pressure, leading to low morale and poor performance.While replacing an employee attracts costs, facing legal suits further poses extra financial burden upon the company.
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