Personnel security and integrity


Personnelsecurity and integrity


Personnelintegrity is the protection of an organization’s most valuableassets: its employees and clients. Protecting these assets requiresthe coordination of both the human assets being protected and theorganizational structures and systems. Ortemier (2013) views securityas both as function and responsibility that involves provision ofsecurity apparatus such as emergency equipments and guidelines andalso offering a responsibility framework to guide all stakeholderstowards acceptable behavior standards. These behavioral standardsunique to an organization are usually derived from an organization’svision and mission and are largely a function of societal values.Integrity as pillar moral requirement in most societies pertains toguiding behavior of both employees and clients in their interactionsand behavior toward one another. This is derived from security’stheoretical foundation which is based on assumptions and humanbehavior. Therefore, in order to ensure personnel security andpersonnel integrity in an organization, human behavior andassumptions should be controlled to a certain degree through set codeof ethics and moral values.

Codeof ethics is an organizational guideline on expected ethical andmoral behavior in the workplace. It is largely guided by professionalethics specific to certain professions. Organizational ethicalstandard on the other hand are ways that an organization responds tostimuli, both internal and external (Caldwell etal.2010). In most cases, there are three levels of ethical standardsnamely legal, individual, and policies and procedures. Organizationsseek to embed these ethical and moral standards in the organizationalculture by indicating a practical and dynamic way of makingorganizational decisions and general way of doing things. Securityas a function of behavior therefore is directly impacted by howthings are done in an organization such as sharing information ofemployees and clients. therefore, compliance to the set levels oremployee integrity and ethical and moral conduct shape individual andorganizational behavior and in turn influence the security anorganization’s key human assets i.e. employees and clients.


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