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As a small business owner and recently entering the human resource profession, ethics have been a decision making bias which I have struggled with. Ethics, morals, and values are difficult to overlook when making decisions that affect others and or a business. With the demand for global inclusion and diversity it has become a challenge when making decisions not to make a business decision which may disrespect someone else ethics, values, or morals. This can potentially lead to legal issues.
Recently I have decided to engage in trainings which involve inclusion and diversity for leaders in the workplace. Being able to make decisions without involving my own ethical opinion or judging others morals and values. Researching other cultures to provide awareness has become a challenge as well. Awareness has been helpful in many aspects of the decision making process, for example, the LGBA+ community has given me a understanding of the importance of including all cultures when making company decisions. For example the addition or option for pronouns in tittles, removal of genders to restrooms, and the support of pride month in the workplace has created a diverse culture. This has influenced my own thoughts and opinions on different cultures. I am also from a generational era which men perform physical duties and represent leadership roles in the workplace. This intuition has led me to be bias when interviewing individuals for specific roles. Intuition plays a role in most of the ethical decisions that people make. In business, making ethical decisions based on intuition can have a detrimental effect on the company. (Nordbye 2017). In the future, putting my own intuitions and ethical beliefs aside and considering others intuition and ethical beliefs would help overcome the decision making biases.
1. Nordbye, G.H. (November 7, 2017). Intuitive Choices Lead to Intensified Positive Emotions: An overlooked Reason for “Intuition Bias.” Frontier Media. 2022.