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Aug
07

Corporate America is breeding bad Americans…

The dog-eat-dog world of Corporate America is a typical example of what happens when you create an establishment whose only goal is to make money. This article seems to underline the problem with business employee evaluations based purely on a persons ability to make money:

 How do people get ahead in the workplace? One way seems to be by making their subordinates miserable, according to a study released Friday.

In the study to be presented at a conference on management this weekend, almost two-thirds of the 240 participants in an online survey said the local workplace tyrant was either never censured or was promoted for domineering ways.

“The fact that 64.2 percent of the respondents indicated that either nothing at all or something positive happened to the bad leader is rather remarkable — remarkably disturbing,” wrote the study’s authors, Anthony Don Erickson, Ben Shaw and Zha Agabe of Bond University in Australia. -[Reuters]

It would appear that business entities appear to be held to a much looser standard of humanity that are individual human beings. As a business entity, they are often allowed to indulge in actions that would have been considered unethical, hostile, or downright violent had the same actions been taken by one person against another. All in the name of the Almighty Dollar.

The problem is that businesses are not lifeless entities. They are not run by automatons. They are run by living, breathing people. Every unethical or inhumane corporate decision is made by human beings, and allowing businesses to operate without regard for the needs of other human beings is the same as allowing the individuals running the company to operate above the laws of humanity.

It is no surprise then, that people who make money, even at the cost of others, are often rewarded and rise up in the ranks of corporate America, while those who try to act with the well being of others in mind are penalized. But we really need to consider the long term social cost of this way of thinking. If we create employees whose only goal is the acquisition of wealth, with no regard to the health and well being of their fellow man, will we not eventually end up with communities of these very same kind of people?

Is that the kind of America we really want to create?

Bad bosses get promoted, not punished? – [Reuters]

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