Studies have affirmed that technology as an ingredient in work activities is having profound effects on ethics in work stations. It is worth noting that in one way or the other, employees have found themselves engaging in some kind of unethical activity courtesy of the recent and modern technologies coming up. Scientists have even pronounced that technology has made the definition of ethical behavior to be even more difficult (Quinn 23). With the current developments in technologies managers and leaders have tried to keep up with the pace of ethical issues in relation to technology (Reynolds 55). Therefore, there is need to address the developing ethical issues in work places and so the paper will highlight on some of the impacts of information technology ethics.
This course has been important in providing the knowledge and understanding on how information technology has transformed how activities are conducted in the organization, ethical issues have arose especially with the advent of internet. I have learnt a lot from the course especially how both personal and organizational ethical decisions are important in making use of information technology in work environment. The course has been instrumental in enlightening me on how to identify ethical issues raised by the emerging information technologies, how to analyze risks and understand the impacts of personal ethics and organizational values in work place environment.
It is important to understand ethical issues and the impacts they may have in the organization and productivity of an employee, in my case I will observe ethical obligations differently in future work activities because ethical values and legal principles are closely related. According to ethical experts law mandates ethical conduct in dealing with employment law, federal regulations and the code of conduct especially when dealing with information technology equipment and services (Tavani 27).
Information technology has impacted on how congregation, storage, retrieval and distribution of information should be conducted and the ethical implications of accessibility and manipulation of data (Tavani 9). Studies have discovered that it makes it easy to access information pertaining to other people and so my future career should take note of ethical concerns on privacy of information. Organizations justify the use of technology in monitoring employees to increase productivity, in my view future careers will be characterized by limited monitoring since it makes employees to develop fear. Other activities that may impact negatively on productivity and loyalty of employees include interception and reading of electronic mail messages, merging of databases that contain individual personal information and hacking electronic systems. All these have the potential of exposing private information of individuals that can be used to commit other crimes like falsification of data and impersonation.
As the world continues to transform into a digital village courtesy of the emerging technologies, there are several challenges that the organization continues to face relating to ethics and information technology. “These challenges are privacy, accuracy, property and accessibility of both personal and organizational information in the new technology age” (Tavani 35). For instance, there is need for managers to ensure that the information that they access is meant to improve on productivity and at the same time enhance human dignity. Information systems should also ethically provide accurate information for decision making while protecting intellectual property rights of the employees and creators of such information in the organization. Lastly, it is asserted that information should be readily available for access to avoid the indignities of information literacy and deprivation (Tavani 42).
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