Information Technology and Ethics/IT Professionals and Their Relationship
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IT Workers and Their EmployersEdit
IT workers are employees just like any other specialized employee in the company. They must manage the relationship with their employer, this requires the work of both parties. This relationship like any-other comes in stages, as the relationship develops between an IT worker and employer may begin before he or she begins working. Before an IT worker accepts employment,they may first want discuss job title, performance expectations,specific work responsibility, drug-testing requirements, dress Code, location of employment, salary, work hours and benefits. Issues in employment that are not addressed by any of the concepts listed above or in the employers handbook may be addressed by law. The law for example protects an employee from being forced to do anything illegal by their employer. IT workers are considered stewards of the company's technological resources. Since they have the knowledge and abilities to abuse and bypass the system they must instead set an example and enforce policies.
IT Professionals Relationship with Clients and SuppliersEdit
It professionals have to deal with two groups of people who expect the IT Professional to either provide monetary gratification or services.
The relationship between an IT professional and their clients usually begins with the client contacting the IT Professional and asking them to perform a specific job. The IT Professional then accepts the job he waits for the client to provide relevant information about the job. IT Professionals rely on the information provided by clients to be truthful and complete, so in turn they can provide recommendations to their clients who make decisions about the project. Clients must also listen to IT workers and ask them questions to understand key nuances that will impact the decisions they make and how those decisions will affect the projects budget and schedule.
IT Professionals sometimes have ethical dilemmas when they recommending products to clients that may or may not remedy their problem, if it ever existed. Other problems may arise when project manager begin to fall behind on their projects due to a variety of reasons such as lack of experience and/or information. Clients may no be aware of the problem until it becomes a crisis, which forces the project manager to reveal the truth. The client may charge the IT Professional with either fraud, misrepresentation and/or breach of contract.
Suppliers provide IT workers with hardware, software and services. Like with clients IT workers must have a good working relationship with their Suppliers. In order to build a good relationship with suppliers deal with them fairly and do not make unreasonable demands. Since its a competitive market many suppliers try to increase sales. Suppliers may try to bribe IT workers in order to achieve their goals. A bribe is the exchange of money, property or favors to someone within an institution, business or government to obtain privileged information or special treatment in contracts attribution. A gift is essentially different because a gift does not come with obligations, in any case in a commercial setup or in relation with a recipient that is in a position to benefit the donor, ethics dictate that the practice is negative. Gifts must always be reported and never hidden, the moment a gift is hidden it becomes a bribe. Most bribes are made through a third party, while gifts should lead directly from donor to recipient.