What Would You Do?
2. I would prepare a few mock budgets with varying salary increases to see the effects overall.† Also, I would consult the accounting department on the sustainability of salary increases; what percent could be maintained even if business revenues decreased.† Project what negative effects may occur if 3% were given and business profits were declining, possible loss of bonuses or other incentives. Using these mock budgets would be supportive on the decision of reducing the salary increase and could display to your employees and the company youíre keeping whatís beneficial to employees and the companyís interest. Salary reviews are annually, creating an opportunity to increase the percent the following year if possible.
3. I would talk with Sofia and ask how she is adjusting to the job.† No matter what her response is, I would give her true positive feedback on her performance. Since it is better to be upfront, I would be apologetic and explain how the emails came to my attention and ask if there is something we could do to improve her job because she is a valuable employee.† Hopefully, a compromise or a solution can be agreed upon to retain Sofia.
†IBM-A Front-Runner in Sustainability
1. IBM, ranked as seventh largest corporation in the U.S., had a responsibility society to be proactive and take care of the carcinogenic waste it put out, otherwise IBM would drown in bad publicity. If they had acted differently, they may not still be in business.† The carcinogenic waste could have caused many lawsuits for IBM from people who became ill with cancer. Besides being their responsibility, due to their stature, they set a standard for other corporations in the U.S. and globally.
2. IBM works and developed with ISO on standards for efficient energy, water purity, and toxic waste and was the first corporation to be in compliance. IBM is working to improve energy efficiency, water conservation, and tackling the climate change.† The corporation has gone beyond just cleaning up and reducing its carcinogenic waste, they have a real investment in the environment.
3. The ISO certification is viewed highly by the U.S. and European markets and is given preference when awarding contracts.† It also has a positive financial benefit for IBM. With the competitive market, IBM has seen an increase in revenues and the savings associated with the sustainability of the environment are greater than the cost.† IBM is a corporation to admire and an example for others to follow.†
Ethical and Business Setbacks for Nokia
1. At first it appears the move was based on financial reasons, but considering the $93 million they had to pay back to Germany, doesnít seem very feasible.† They didnít improve their financial situation relocating from country to country, it only soured more people against them. So Nokiaís leaders decisions were unethical, they didnít bother to think about the effects moving would have on the people and workers in the factory. †The issue in Iran seems to be on the same line of thinking, the bottom dollar and not what is done to earn that dollar.
2. Nokiaís stance of being about people centered decision was a hypocritical philosophy.† People were appalled at the lack of judgement the corporation was using.† Consumers do not want to waste their money on a company who has questionable ethics.
3. I think Nokiaís problem was there wasnít enough people weighing in on decisions, only a small number decided. Pretending to set up your business that way creates a no fault for anyone type of environment. No one has to step up and take the blame, itís done collectively.