Ethical Decision Making in Business

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Introduction Today, executives are having a rough time juggling between the demands of the workplace and those of their families and other personal responsibilities. In a bid to meet targets and other organizational goals and objectives, business executives in addition to traveling extensively also tend to dedicate long hours to office work. Discussion When analyzing situations from an ethical perspective, one is likely to be confronted by a number of questions. For instance, which criteria should one use to differentiate between dehumanizing actions and actions considered humanizing? In our case, is requiring employees to dedicate a significant chunk of their time to work a dehumanizing action? In my opinion, it is. This I will highlight using one of the main ethical theories i.e. Kantian ethics. According to Geschwindt (2007), "the emphasis on duty is central to Kantian ethics." In the author's opinion, if an action is based on duty, then that action can be regarded a good action. However, Geschwindt (2007) most importantly points out that in the opinion of Kant, "duty is what reason, not God, commands." Thus in Kant's opinion, an action can be considered ethical if that action happens to be the right thing to do i.e. it is backed up by a sense of duty. With that in mind, managers can be said to have a duty of ensuring that employees achieve a healthy balance between their personal/family lives and the demands of the job. Hence should managers neglect this duty and
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