I’m not saying that all socially responsible firms necessarily should be like this. I am just saying that, if you are an ethical company, then you have to be. That doesn’t mean you have to be all-or-nothing. If you do something in support of a cause you are morally obligated to do that, but that doesn’t mean you have to do it all.
It’s not just about making sure that your employees are being paid fairly, but making sure that your employees are being treated fairly at work. Just like most other ethical firms that have been around for a while are probably making sure that they’re not paying their employees off with unethical practices. In fact, for many corporate ethics programs, it can be pretty difficult to even be aware that you’re doing it because you’re worried that your employees will notice.
I’m not sure exactly when, but I’m pretty sure it was a while ago. I remember reading a post where someone was saying that most of the things they were worried about were really just stuff that they could avoid. Like a coworker’s boss giving them a hard time at work because they were talking about their time off. It was pretty clear to me that all they were worried about were the ethical issues that they could avoid.
If you have a job that involves the direct interaction of people, then you are probably also worried that your coworkers and your customers will notice. You might also worry that your boss will notice. I think it is pretty safe to say that the majority of people in the modern world are very aware of these external influences, and most of them are very concerned about them.
Most businesses, particularly for-profit companies, spend most of their time on the business side of things, so it’s not surprising that it’s also the most aware. In fact, it’s kind of a bit of a natural state for the people running a company. They spend most of their time thinking about how the company will look, what they need to do, what they need to say, what they need to act like, and so on.
The opposite is also true. Most of us are very much aware of our own social environments, and the things that we and others do to try and make them better. We may be aware of how we can better ourselves and others, but we don’t actually spend much of our time thinking about it.
That said, that’s just a bit of an oversimplification. The problem with companies is that they are all too often run like a bunch of cubicle drones that just do their jobs without thinking about the larger picture. That way they can do their jobs as well as they can, and not get into any trouble with shareholders or shareholders, customers, or their coworkers. But they also can’t be mindful of the larger picture, because they aren’t in the control room.
Companies need to be mindful of the larger picture, but they don’t need to be in control rooms. They need to be in a room with multiple people who are on the same page. That way they can each take ownership of the big picture, and not try to do what they think is best for the company. They need to be in the decision room, and they need to be in the game room.
In our research, we found that companies that are in the decision room are more successful than those that are in the game room. The decision room of a large company is the place where all the big decisions are made. It is a place where the leader and the rest of the company work together to make sure that the company is running at its best.