There are two important questions that I would ask myself before deciding whether or not to blow the whistle. If I do blow the whistle, will I be able to live with the consequences of revealing the food safety problems that are present at Delectables Corp., knowing that it may hurt the company and the people that work there? On the other hand, if I don’t blow the whistle, will I be able to live knowing about the food safety concerns and not doing anything about them to save the face of the company and the jobs of its employees? As Hosmer’s personal virtues theory points out, we should never take any action that is not honest, and that you would not feel pride to see reported in national newspapers and on TV. In thinking through my decision, I would weigh the pros and cons of blowing the whistle. There are several risks that accompany this decision. First of all, as a new employee, you don’t want to be looked at as a tattletale. Your fellow employees won’t trust you and upper management may feel as if you have overstepped their authority. This can hurt your chances of a promotion down the road. Blowing the whistle could also have major negative effects on the company and in extreme cases could lead to employees losing their jobs. There are also several benefits associated with making this decision. There are obvious food safety concerns within the company and it needs to be brought to someone’s attention so that the issues can be resolved. It is a very difficult decision to blow the whistle, but a very courageous one and one that can help a lot of people. Making this decision shows others that you are a person of high integrity and you will stop at nothing to make things right. Before making a final decision, you need to really weigh the consequences of blowing and not blowing the whistle. Having said that, as a manager at Delectables Corp., I feel that is my responsibility to blow the whistle on the blatant disregard for food safety protocol that is present at the company. In weighing my decision in this case, I looked specifically at the Wall Street Journal Model, which asks, “What contribution does this choice of action make to the company, the shareholders, the community and others?” I have to consider first and foremost the people that may be harmed by our product, which will in turn, harm the company. The Wall Street Journal model also asks us to look at the short and long term consequences of the decision. In the short-term, some of the employees will be upset that I am calling them out on their misconduct when it comes to following food safety guidelines, but I am looking out for our consumers and the long-term welfare of the company. To further justify my decision to blow the whistle, I looked at the stakeholder theory and took into account everyone that is affected by our operations and decisions. At times, this may mean sacrificing profits because you have a responsibility to everyone who has a stake in your business. There is no way that I could sign a form every month saying that the quality control was on target when there are a number of safety issues that need to be addressed. I couldn’t have people dying of salmonella poisoning on my watch.
If upper management asked me for advice on how to improve the food safety and quality control situation at Delectables, I would start by looking at Laura Nash’s questions. I would ask myself, “What is the real problem in this situation and how did it start in the first place”? A solution can only be found by getting to the root of the problem. I believe the problem actually starts with upper management and has trickled down the ranks. The Quality Control Director has established a process of labeling boxes with certain color stickers to signify whether there is contamination or not. However, the workers do not seem to pay much attention to the system. They are paid by the hour and they don’t seem to care or understand the...
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