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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrickt View Post
    I wonder if employees have an ethical responsibility to their employers. You know, to not call in sick and go skiing instead of working for example. For not padding their expense accounts. For not threatening to shut down the business if they don't get their way. Little things like that. An obligation to not sabotage work so they can get more hours in. An obligation to not assault workers who want to work.

    I wonder if employees have an ethical responsibility to the customers. You know, to make a product that works. Or, to show up in the classroom and teach instead of parading around collecting bogus sick slips. When it's a public employee I think they have an even greater responsibility to the "customers".
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Of course companies have ethical responsibilities to their employees. We ALL have ethical responsibilities to everyone. Companies are made of up people, all of whom have this ethical duty.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Quote Originally Posted by theplaydrive View Post
    I said no. They don't have a responsibility, but any good company that wants to be successful and attract the best employees will certainly adopt more ethics policies and stances than a fair wage and safe work environment.
    This is basically Choice 2.

    In the public sector, where the employer doesn't have any competition, then the employees are on their own for getting more or they can get a union.
    This statement is completely wrong. The govt has plenty of competition getting good employees.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrickt View Post
    I wonder if employees have an ethical responsibility to their employers. You know, to not call in sick and go skiing instead of working for example. For not padding their expense accounts. For not threatening to shut down the business if they don't get their way. Little things like that. An obligation to not sabotage work so they can get more hours in. An obligation to not assault workers who want to work.

    I wonder if employees have an ethical responsibility to the customers. You know, to make a product that works. Or, to show up in the classroom and teach instead of parading around collecting bogus sick slips. When it's a public employee I think they have an even greater responsibility to the "customers".

    I think everyone has ethical responsiblities to most others, except liberals. Liberals live in a world without real responsibilities.
    Federal employees actually have to take periodic training in ethics. Not sure about elected officials.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    I voted 'no', because I live in a world without real responsibilities. The company is not responsible for me, neither I for them.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If I were that parsimonious piece of reprocessed excrement, I'd fire your ass immediately.

    (And don't tell me "You are," 'cause I'll cry.)
    Don't worry, "parsimonious piece of reprocessed excrement" is a badge of douchebaggery that not just anybody can earn. At the very least, you've got to live up to Franklin's adage of "penny-wise, pound-foolish" and have OSHA on your case as a result. Paying less than industry standard and having fast-food turnover rates help, but they aren't strictly required.

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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    This is basically Choice 2.
    Which is why I voted for...Choice 2. Surprise. Try harder.

    This statement is completely wrong. The govt has plenty of competition getting good employees.
    Private companies live and die by how well they treat their best employees. The government lives regardless - which is why the best minds tend to go to private entities and not the government.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    I think if you are a good worker who helps your company profit, then they should see to it that you profit as well. Too many companies work people for nickels and dimes while CEOs make a killing and they put their first priority to shareholders and not the workers.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    I'm not sure how to respond to the poll. Most of the ethical duty is to pay a fair wage and provide a safe environment. What other duty would there be?

    Although the current law seems to be that companies must put the interests of shareholders over the interests of employees/the community/etc., I think that is absolutely ridiculous. Companies should have to balance the interests of all their constituents, similar to governments, and should make a reasonable effort not to harm outsiders either.

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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I think if you are a good worker who helps your company profit, then they should see to it that you profit as well. Too many companies work people for nickels and dimes while CEOs make a killing and they put their first priority to shareholders and not the workers.
    Wow, if I worked for a company who didn't pay me I'd sure find another job.

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