Ethics of a Fingerprint Scanner
The progression of biometric scanning technology has been on the rise in the private sector, specifically the use of fingerprint scanner to solve the problem of employee time theft. From my salon experience, where employees are often late for work, the need for such intervention is important. One time of the month, after collecting time cards for the employees in the salon, three employees approached me insisting that I do not have to be precise about the time to report to work. Since the two employees were always late for work, they had been given a final warning, after which they would be fired. I was torn between loyalty to the employer and good relations with my other employees. Therefore, fingerprint scanners are important since they improve the credibility of work clocking time.
Making my recommendation for the situation, the use of a biometric fingerprint scanner is more appropriate and ethical. From the utilitarian point of view, my replacement with a fingerprint scanner is justified since it improves the working conditions of all employees. The utilitarian view considers an analysis of the benefits and the costs to determine the morality of the decision. The decision or act that leads to overall happiness of the majority is considered ethical. To begin with, I am always tasked with the work of collecting time cards for employees every end of the month. This work is very demanding. Considering that I receive no payment for this task, the fingerprint scanner is beneficial since it gives me the opportunity to attend to my other responsibilities. Since I am torn between balancing between being loyal to friends or to my employer, the biometric finger scanner enables me to have unbiased records the employees’ clocking time. Therefore, this gadget improves my relations with other employees.
A fingerprint scanner also improves the working relationships among employees by giving them exact and updated information on the employee’s clocking time. Since the employees are able to easily get real-time information on their attendance, they can be able to monitor their performance. Given that some employees are always agitated by the lateness of their counterparts, the introduction of a fingerprint scanner leads to better job satisfaction by all the employees because it improves their clocking time. These behavior change also increases productivity, quality of service offered to customers, and the general performance of all employees. Also, there are no costs incurred due to the late coming of employees due to the strict monitoring of their clocking time. While the critics of the utilitarian theory of morality indicate that the predictions may vary from the real outcome, on the overall, the finger scanner results in increased happiness for most individuals. Moreover, a positive net social benefit for a decision is always considered ethical.
The morality theory of rights seeks to protect the interests of individuals from the majority. With regards to biometric technology, it has been quoted as being a violation of individual rights to privacy. However, as the theory further asserts, there are limits to every right. Though the right of privacy may be violated in this case, the need for all employees to provide biometric information to an employer for the purpose of accountability is of more importance. Therefore, the employer has the right to collect the biometric details for the employees because he/she intends to use this data for improving the overall work relationship in the company.
To sum up, fingerprint scanners results in improved performance and efficiency in work. In particular, they improve the relationship between employees and employers since it results in improved work attendance by the latter group. Similarly, it improves relationships among employees by instilling the discipline on all of them to attend work as expected. In light of this, fingerprint scanners should be used by companies to improve the credibility of work clocking time.