Ethics in Human Resource Management

Since human resource management begins with recruitment and hiring, it is a good idea to first discuss the ethical issues associated with recruitment. The two central ethical issues for a company undergoing the recruitment and hiring process can be understood as the need to follow anti-discrimination practices and equal opportunity guidelines (Lockwood, 2005). Simply put, all candidates must be viewed and hired based on their strengths and weaknesses as applicants without giving any weight to their race, gender, age, physical abilities except in situations where such requirements are an intrinsic part of the job (Alleyne, 2005). As reported by Clarke (2005), a lot remains to be done in this particular field.Given that the nature of the job in a modern office often includes guidelines for inclusion and makes accessibility a mandatory requirement, there are very few exceptions to the ethical guidelines as well as the legal requirements which can be obtained by the company. Without exception, recruiters for the company should follow ethical principles and it should be assumed by them that the law applies in the fullest sense during the hiring process.Even before a person is hired, there are ethical requirements that must be followed in the selection and interview process which mainly deals with ensuring confidentiality and the privacy of all candidates seeking positions within the company. While making the application for the job, candidates may give out information that is considered to be private information in the eyes of the law and that must be kept secure by the company.Even things such as the candidates’ email addresses and telephone numbers may be required by ethical rules to be kept secure. It is probably a good idea for the company to speak with a legal consultant or obtain legal advice from individuals in the company who have had experience with recruitment procedures in the past. By having ethical recruitment and by showing the values of the company to prospective employees the company can begin the process of establishing its own values for the employees.