BUS 201: The Principals of Management
Instructor: Thomas Biggers
December 12, 2012
Managing Ethically: Long Hours and Extensive Travel
In today’s world, one has to put forth abnormal amounts of efforts to please the employer. It is almost as if the abnormal amount of work is unethical. Employees are being called upon, by the managers, to work long hours and put forth extensive travel time. In turn, a substantial amount of evidence is starting to accumulate on how dedicating these long hours is causing one’s health and personal happiness to decline. With that being said, the managers do not have an obligation to ensure the employee has a balanced professional and personal life.
When managers require employees to work for long periods of time it causes them to be fatigued and puts them at risk of injury and illness. Data based off of National Longitudinal Survey of Youth showed that employees had an increased risk of injury and illness after being exposed to more than 12 hours of work a day for an extended period of time. Also, the risk of injury and illness continued to go up with the length of the work schedule. No manager should see this as ethical, to put their employees in the line of danger. The job of the manager is to ensure a healthy and safe environment while performing work and achieving the goal. When it comes down to it, if an employee is put at these kinds of risks it adversely affects more than just them. It can go as far as the organization level of management. Putting one’s employees at the risk of long work hours and extended travel time changes that person’s attitude. What is meant by this is the employee could become disgruntled and become stressed at the work place. This would make disciplinary action happen more often. This could be cause by the lack of sleep and not conducting a private life.
Even though the employee is in that state of mind, it...