View Poll Results: Do Companies have an Ethical Responsibility to their Employees?

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  • No! a fair wage and a safe environment is enough

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  • No! You do whats best for the share holders, NOT the Emploees

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    Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Do they? If you arent sure maybe you should read this blog: To Whom Does an Ethical Business Owe a Responsibility?
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Yes, I believe that companies have ethical responsibility to their employees.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    I said a wage and safe environment is enough but it really all depends on the extent of the welfare state in the country and whether companies should moralistically fill the place of government if they had the means. I shudder to think there were neither.

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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Other than a fair standard wage, safe working environment, compensation for any on the job or job related injury and extra compensation if that on the job injury resulted in the loss of that persons ability to get a job, the answer is no.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    I tend to look at it this way...

    Aside from the things jamesrage mentioned, it should be up to the company in question - some companies might offer more to attract a better quality of workers, and some might offer the minimum and get by on those they can attract with such.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Quote Originally Posted by The Giant Noodle View Post
    Do they? If you arent sure maybe you should read this blog: To Whom Does an Ethical Business Owe a Responsibility?
    I think they owe ethical conduct to everyone....using the definition of "ethical" as being in accordance with basic principles of right and wrong. Does that mean they have to be fair to their employees? Well, sort of. But is it fair to lay off people? Yeah, I'm afraid it is. Is it right to lay them off just before Christmas?? Depends how close it is to Christmas. If it's a month before, yeah. Better they know they're out the door and plan their holiday accordingly, as an example -- than it is to wait until just after when they may have accumulated debt that wouldn't have had they known. Does it sound fair? Prolly not. But I think it is. (Just couldn't help but give an example.)

    Companies need to be ethical. And ethics don't stop at the front door. It's a business model. They should treat everyone ethically -- their employees, their stockholders, their suppliers, their community and their country. (Pay your taxes, damn it!!!!)
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    Jesus.

    Define "ethical".

    Does it mean providing a safe work environment? Then yes, the company is resonsible for reasonable health and safety precautions and to be knowledgeable of any industry-specific risks.

    Does it mean keeping them on the payroll when there's no work to do? Then no. It's a business, not a charity.

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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    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.

    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.

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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    I voted no, as long as the company operates with in the law and it abides by OSHA and labor regulations or unions contracts, company's aren't required to do anymore than just that. Now if they wish to keep employees or attract employees, then your question for this topic will play a part. remember no one in this country will hold a gun to anyone's head and force them to work or where they should work.
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    Re: Do Companies Have an Ethical Responsibility To Employees?

    I voted: No! You do whats best for the share holders, NOT the Emploees!

    Competitive for profit companies canít be responsible or ethical for any period of time. There is no permanent or inherent motivation for them to be responsible or ethical. I havenít found an exception to this, though there are many document cases that support my position.

    The society that has competitive for profit companies has to set the standard for their behavior. The standard must be supported by documents, enforcement, etc. Wait, this is what we are supposed to have now.

    I guess that I'm a socialist on this point by the standards of most here, but I think Iím a free market type.

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