TD HR Nurturing an Ethical and Diverse Workplace

Your name is Chris and you have been in the HR management field for twenty years, but have just started with a new employer; you are the HR Manager for a chicken processing plant of 1000 employees. You report to the vice president of finance. In your discussions with your new boss you asked about the companys ethics policies and procedures. He sarcastically laughed at you and said some negative statements regarding your race and your age. You were appalled but need this job. You want to dig in and make this a better place for you and the rest of the employees. The more that you see what is happening around you the more you learn that you now work for an ethically challenged organization. Think about some unethical (yet realistic) activities that might be going on in this organization. Also, considering your previous places of employment, what were other challenges you faced besides ethical issues?

Quitting is not an option. As an HR professional in this organization, what steps would you take to change this situation? Why? Draw in your background readings and/or library research. Bring in a real-life employer example. Are you in a position to bring about change? Is that part of your job description or responsibility? If so, how would you go about effecting change?