Work and Quality of Life

Ethical Practices in Organizations

  • Nora P. Reilly
  • M. Joseph Sirgy
  • C. Allen Gorman

Part of the International Handbooks of Quality-of-Life book series (IHQL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Foundations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Amy E. Mickel, Elise J. Dallimore
      Pages 65-78
  4. Ethics at Work I: Individual Sources of Dilemmas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Carrie S. Hurst, Lillian T. Eby
      Pages 81-94
    3. C. Allen Gorman, Christina N. Thibodeaux, Sarah E. Eisinger, Benjamin L. Overstreet
      Pages 95-105
    4. Andrea E. Abele, Judith Volmer, Daniel Spurk
      Pages 107-132
    5. Paul E. Levy, Kelsey Herb, Noelle Frantz, Alison Carr
      Pages 133-155
    6. Carrie A. Bulger, Gwenith G. Fisher
      Pages 181-201
    7. Carol F. Shoptaugh, Michelle E. Visio, Jeanne A. Phelps
      Pages 203-215
    8. Wendy J. Casper, Bella DePaulo
      Pages 217-234
  5. Ethics at Work II: Organizational Sources of Dilemmas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Chester S. Spell, Katerina Bezrukova
      Pages 237-249
    3. Cath Sullivan
      Pages 275-290
    4. Ronald F. Piccolo, Rebecca L. Greenbaum, Gabi Eissa
      Pages 291-305
    5. Camille Gallivan Nelson, Keith A. Carroll
      Pages 395-414
  6. Ethics at Work III: Cultural Sources of Dilemmas

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Dianne Gardner, Keith Macky
      Pages 417-428
    3. Carolyn Ball
      Pages 429-447
  7. Integration: The Road Ahead

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 491-507

About this book


Employees have personal responsibilities as well as responsibilities to their employers. They also have rights. In order to maintain their well-being, employees need opportunities to resolve conflicting obligations. Employees are often torn between the ethical obligations to fulfill both their work and non-work roles, to respect and be respected by their employers and coworkers, to be responsible to the organization while the organization is reciprocally responsible to them, to be afforded some degree of autonomy at work while attending to collaborative goals, to work within a climate of mutual employee-management trust, and to voice opinions about work policies, processes and conditions without fear of retribution. Humanistic organizations can recognize conflicts created by the work environment and provide opportunities to resolve or minimize them.

This handbook empirically documents the dilemmas that result from responsibility-based conflicts. The book is organized by sources of dilemmas that fall into three major categories: individual, organizational (internal policies and procedures), and cultural (social forces external to the organization), including an introduction and a final integration of the many ways in which organizations can contribute to positive employee health and well-being.

This book is aimed at both academicians and practitioners who are interested in how interventions that stem from industrial and organizational psychology may address ethical dilemmas commonly faced by employees.










Anti-discrimination strategies on the work floor Consequences of Job Satisfaction Employee well-being Employer Responsibilities Ethical Dilemmas and Employee Rights Ethics and Quality of Work Life Human Development Theories Job Satisfaction Job Satisfaction and Personal Happiness Job-Specific Well-Being Organizational Commitment Physical Security Quality of Work Life The Work Environment

Editors and affiliations

  • Nora P. Reilly
    • 1
  • M. Joseph Sirgy
    • 2
  • C. Allen Gorman
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. PsychologyRadford UniversityRadfordUSA
  2. 2.Pamlin College of Business, Dept. MarketingVirginia Polytechnic InstituteBlacksburgUSA
  3. 3., PsychologyRadford UniversityRadfordUSA

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