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Category >> Integrity and Ethics
Dec 31
2018

When a Company Lies to Customers

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I received a question from an individual who worked in a nursing home. The questioner worked for a company she believed lied to customers and bullied workers. While the information came from the employee and seemed credible, I always want to be careful that my information is accurate.  

The first claim was that management bullied and threatened the staff by saying they could be replaced easily if they didn't toe the mark. While none of us likes to be bullied, it may not be reason for quitting.  However, my counsel is that you should find another job before quitting, if possible. There is a big difference between not liking a job and being asked to participate in unethical actions. 

The more disturbing issue was the claim that management consistently lied to clients. If the customer had insurance to cover the bill, management would do anything to keep the customer, including allegedly submitting false documentation to insurance companies and dealing untruthfully with clients and their families.

Jun 30
2018

Bridges

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Frequently in today's business environment, people burn their bridges to other people or relationships.  Someone has a bad experience, becomes angry or frustrated and they terminate a business relationship. However scripture gives us a different model: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14, NIV)

May 03
2018

Selling on the Sabbath

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Many years ago I made the decision not to conduct business on Sunday unless it was an emergency. I have always believed that in most instances Christians need to keep the Sabbath holy and avoid work. I personally avoid shopping on Sunday because I don't want to encourage shopkeepers to stay open. I would prefer that they close on Sunday as Chick-fil-A has done.  However, I understand that not everyone will agree with my perspective.

Aug 28
2017

On the Job Safety

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The Department of Labor reported in 2015 that 4,830 workers were killed in job related accidents. Behind each death is a tragedy for the individual and many family members. Some jobs carry more risk than others, like commercial fishing and the lumber industry, while other occupations are relatively safe. We have a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure safety for our employees. The Lord instructed Moses, "When you build a new house, you must build a railing around the edge of its flat roof. That way you will not be considered guilty of murder if someone falls from the roof.” (Deuteronomy 22:8, NLT)

Jun 26
2017

Exercising Responsibility over Employees

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Recently I was talking with a contractor who said at times managing the behavior of subcontractors on the job was challenging.  For example some would toss cigarette butts on the ground and play loud music with vulgar lyrics. Many times customers complained.