This form of a short term or a temporary condition of employment will take place without there being any form of agreement as is required in a normal workplace. The increased fear of job loss could also exist because of outsourcing, as where an employer might not be able to get cheaper sources for flexible work might choose to outsource their work. There is a widened imbalance in the power. This is both an example of an unethical human resource management technique and unethical industrial relations technique. For better industrial relations to exist in the workplace, it is necessary for the company to have a pluralist attitude where it allows employees to present their grievances and conflicts. However, in a company where HRM practices serve to increase the imbalance of power, then the employee would not be able to raise conflicts or get their grievances corrected (Quinn, 1997). Organization’s decision making process must be better aligned to empower employees and this would be a basic ethical guideline. In managing the workplace industrial relations, it is necessary for the company to not bias an un-unionized employee or a unionized employee. All employees whether they have participation through a Union or not will still have rights and it is necessary for the employer to respect these rights.
The decision making of an organization is usually well regulated by means of legislations, regulations and also best practices for the industry. Good ethics in this context serves as something that overlaps sometimes with these legislations and regulations but not always. Ethics are the basics to living in a way that assures fairness for everybody. It is true that the very nature of the business is such that it expects to profit. However, it is also true that businesses which are not invested in good ethics will not only lose their workforce but will lose their consumers and also their market share. It is recommended that for these reasons and for the reason of just keeping good ethics, organizations should adopt decision making capability focused on ethical issues that could be managed or could arise with their decisions.