Part of my
job as an editor on TechRepublic is to read what seems like a hundred
newsletter every week. (Like I have the time.) One of
the more interesting is from the SoftwareCEO. Here is
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In a nutshell, the original poster states:
Whenever we hire a new person I go
through a standard speech about how we are selling a tool, and we cannot make judgments
about the organization that we are talking to that either has purchased or isconsidering purchase of our tool. Until recently that seemed to be adequate.
However we recently had a situation
where a contract employee refused to work on an assignment because they did not
agree with the political standing of the organization that they would be
working with. As a contractor they have that right...and I also have the rightto not pay them for that work.
But that raises a dilemma...it no
longer appears that my "little talk" is adequate. I really need some
type of statement that each employee and contractor is required to read and
agree to stating that an individual cannot refuse to work with an organization
simply because they do not agree with their moral, religious, philosophical or
political stand. I'm not even sure what to call this type of statement (as you
can tell from my title to this thread). This statement would also need to saythat non-compliance would be grounds for disciplinary action or termination.
this was an interesting question. Should the moral and philosophical beliefs of
your employees or contractors be taken into consideration when it comes to a
company's primary purpose of making money? Is a policy needed to address this?Has this ever been an issue at your organization?
In an era
where regimes and organizations are marked as terrorist and where certain
religious organizations pursue stringent policies of intolerance, should managementbe cognizant of potential conflicts.
father's time such consideration would be laughable - if you wanted to keep
your job you did as you were told - but as he keeps reminding me, times havechanged.
What do you think?
Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.