Ethical Issues in the Workplace

Annotated Bibliography

Adler, N. R., Adler, K. A., & Grant-Kels, J. M. (2017). Doctors’ mental health, burnout, and suicidality: Professional and ethical issues in the workplace. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology77(6), 1191-1193     

             This article focuses on numerous ethical and professional problems medical practitioners face daily in their places of work. Especially suicidality and mental health issues affecting physicians. For instance, a doctor’s performance and medical care delivery may be altered if their mental health is compromised. Fellow employees are charged with ethical responsibility of reporting an impaired physician to the relevant management or authority in case the victim gets to the point of deterioration and can no longer perform professional duties. Besides, it is a requirement from the American Medical Association for medical practitioners to pinpoint affected colleagues and apply proper intervention methods of reporting compromised colleagues.

Ayoun, B., Rowe, L., & Yassine, F. (2015). Is workplace spirituality associated with business ethics?. International journal of Contemporary hospitality management.

            The purpose of this discussion is to empirically expound on possible relations amid spirituality and business ethics in a hotel workplace. The approach used was a collection of information from 165 professional personnel in the hotel business. The discussion is relevant to the topic of ethics in the workplace because it reveals that spirituality does not have much connection with ethical judgment, ethical insight, and apparent moral strength. Emphasis by hotel companies to improve ethical standards rather than the spirituality of managers can significantly influence workplace performance.

Fahie, D. (2014). Doing sensitive research sensitively: Ethical and methodological issues in researching workplace bullying. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 13(1), 19-36.    


             This article describes research on ethical and methodological issues experienced, such as workplace bullying. Complex ethical and methodological challenges are usually common during crucial research activities. This discussion revolves around the author’s autobiographic approach to discover arising individual predicaments. Research on Irish education highlights potential evidence of workplace bullying where the most affected group are researchers embarking on their careers. Emphasis on the researcher’s defense from maltreatment is necessary, including concerns on moving out of the research relationship accordingly, and being able to predict potential problems before they occur may be a way of solving work.

Schulte, P. A., & Salamanca-Buentello, F. (2007). Ethical and scientific issues of nanotechnology in the workplace. Environmental health perspectives115(1), 5-12.       

             This article seeks to give directions on the significant need for guidance on decision making in case of risks, hazards, and control methods where there is no scientific clarity involving health-related to occupational contact with nanoparticles. Awareness of related ethical issues may be of considerable significance to managerial authorities such as investors, employers, employees, and health authorities. Besides, the objective of protecting workers from diseases and identifying ethical implications affecting them is achieved as part of occupational health and safety requirements. The health and safety requirement entails workers accepting the risks involved, identification, and communication of hazards and risks associated with authorities, scientists, and employers, among others. Additionally, identifying and exploring ethical issues improves options for decision-makers. Similarly, significant prominence on small businesses and embracing a global perspective may enhance societal debates about workplace menaces of nanotechnologies.

White, G. W. (2001). Business ethics. Journal of Business & Finance Librarianship6(4), 49-49.

            This article addresses ethical issues such as fraudulent behavior and workplace personnel matters, which have become intricate issues in the business world. Product liability problems related to companies involved in breast-implant cases, the tobacco industry, unlawful behaviors in the security markets, claims of child labor, the establishment of numerous socially responsible investment bodies, and increased proposals to introduce ethics in business education curricular are clear indications of rising public apprehension on business ethics. Besides, several non-profit sites such as The Global Business Responsibility Center have been formed to enable accessibility of information regarding business ethics in the global community. This includes giving ethics associated services to business companies.