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pamela0317 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 2) Honors

Posted July 27, 2012 at 5:11 PM via web

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How can we argue that a manager or employer is not ethically obligated to enable employees to create a balanced professional and private life?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 28, 2012 at 3:37 AM (Answer #1)

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One way to assert they are not obligate is to demonstrate the opposite, this is to say that managers and employers have a financial interest in helping employees find balance.  Therefore, it is not really an ethical problem to help them find balance.  When a firm hires employees, it wants them to remain in their positions.  The firm prefers long-term employees because they reduce hiring and training costs and because they tend to be more productive.  Therefore, a manager or employer has an interest in helping employees to be happy.  A good work-life balance keeps employees happy and makes them more likely to stay in their job.  Thus, the manager/employer has an interest in helping create such a balance and there is no ethical issue involved. Demonstrating this shows this approach requires direct involvement with the personal lives of employees, which detracts employers from focusing on running the business profitably.

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