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CJUS 610 Liberty University Working Conditions Discussion

CJUS 610 Liberty University Working Conditions Discussion

Question Description

Please respond to the following classmates with 250 Words EACH, at least 1 reference EACH & a biblical viewpoint each.
This is the original post. You do NOT have to respond to the original post : Think about two environments you have experienced.

  1. The first environment is one that did not confrontthe brutal facts, where the people (and the truth) were not heard.
  2. The second environment is one that did confrontthe brutal facts, where people had a tremendous opportunity to be heard.

What accounts for the difference between the 2 environments? If you do not have this life experience you are not off the hook—you will need to interview a leader who has these experiences and report on that. What does the contrast teach us about how to construct an environment where the truth is heard? Using strong Biblical support, explain how you relate this to your Christian Worldview. Does your Christian Worldview help you develop this environment? How does this relate to the ethical components of the Meese and Ortmeier text?

1. Elizabeth Diaz – Collins (2001) states that “one of the single most de-motivating actions you can take is to hold out false hopes, soon to be swept away by events” (p. 73). This perfectly sums up the two environments that I have personally experienced. I would first like to start off by describing the second environment that did confront the brutal facts and people had the opportunity to be heard, which is my current place of employment. When I first began working here in 2017, the business was successful, employees were happy, and we enjoyed our work. Our employers, a married couple, were great leaders and very hands on. They constantly asked us questions to better understand our concerns and encouraged dialogue in an effort to improve our processes as Collins (2001) describes. I personally felt like I always had the opportunity to be heard and felt as if my employer was always willing to hear the truths their employees had to share. Towards the end of the companies most successful year, the environment quickly turned into one that did not confront the brutal facts and where people and the truth were no longer heard.

Ng and Thorpe (2010) warn, there can often be conflicts that arise in family-owned business that can hinder their development, which was exactly what we began to see.

Unfortunately, my employers began to let their personal lives affect the day-to-day operations of the business. They quickly became consumed in themselves and began to neglect the company and their employees. Promises of promotions, raises, and bonuses were abruptly rescinded. To avoid each other, our employers never showed up to work and rarely replied to our efforts to communicate with them. They became unwilling to hear our concerns and refused to address the plummeting employee morale. Customers also began to realize that our once great leaders had mentally checked out and the business began to suffer financially as well. Although, both were in the same environment, the leaders clearly let the “noise and clutter” of their personal lives “overshadow” what was best for their business which led to a series of bad leadership decisions (Collins, 2001, p. 86).

I personally think it was the lack of honest communication that accounted for the difference between the two environments. Meese and Ortmeier (2010) explain that ethical communication includes the ability to be honest and truthful to those around you, which is not only important in leadership but one of the pivotal foundations of Christianity. The Bible teaches us that we should always strive to do what is honorable, not only in the eyes of God but also in the eyes of man (2 Corinthians 8:21, English Standard Version). Although, in business the truth can often produce undesirable results, it is important to avoid deceit as it can often lead to unethical behavior (Meese & Ortmeier, 2010). As explained in Proverbs 20:17, deceit can appear to be fair and pleasant to the eye but will ultimately cause more distress in the long run. Therefore, it is important to construct an environment where the truth is heard by being able to confront the brutal facts and to be willing to not ignore the information employees are trying to share (Collins, 2001).

References:

Collins, J. (2001). Good to great: Why some companies make the leap and others don’t. New York, NY: Harper Collins. ISBN: 9780066620992.

Meese, E., & Ortmeier, P. (2010). Leadership, ethics, and policing: Challenges for the 21st century. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall. ISBN: 9780135154281.

Ng, W., & Thorpe, R. (2010). Not another study of great leaders: Entrepreneurial leadership in a mid-sized family firm for its further growth and development. International Journal of Entrepreneurial Behaviour & Research, 16(5), 457-476.

2. Lauren Tucker- In the first environment there is a lot of tension between the people. There is also a lot of hostility and anger that has built up. Typically with this environment the workers tend to not be as motivated to complete their jobs and/or the job becomes mundane and they soon leave. However, the second environment is better conducive to productivity. It provides the foundation for success not only for the company but also for the longevity of its workers. The workers feel appreciated and heard and will go above and beyond for the company.

As children we are taught about honesty and this seems so easy; but as we grow older, we recognize that business decisions sometimes are in conflict with our values. In contrast from the first environment, honesty should never take a back seat to business profits and in the first described environment, it would. In order to construct and nurture a truthful environment a leader must be forthcoming and truthful with his employees about everything. Leaders are responsible for setting the standard of office/business culture and moral; therefore, honesty begets honesty. (Hong, 2020) “A moral person who lacks moral leadership is perceived as weak and lacking commitment to ethics. A moral leader who lacks integrity in their personal life is seen as hypocritical which reduces their ethical authority in the workplace (Mabey, Conroy, Blakeley, & de Marco, 2017).”

The Bible talks a lot about how much God values an honest man. In Proverbs 6 beginning in verse 16, the Bible talks about lying being one of the seven things God hates. Scripture later in Philippians 4: 8-9 tells us to talk about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable and to give praise where praise is due. Practicing these things will surround you with the peace of God. My personal worldview is directed by what scripture says. I am a sinner by all means and will make mistakes, but I highly value honesty and integrity and make my life choices with people based on their levels of the two.

Reference:

Hong, S. (2020, February 27). The Importance of Honesty At Work. Retrieved February 05, 2021, from https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-importance-of-honesty-at-work/

Mabey, C., Conroy, M., Blakeley, K., & De Marco, S. (2017). Having Burned the Straw Man of Christian Spiritual Leadership, What Can We Learn from Jesus About Leading Ethically? Journal of Business Ethics, 145(4), 757-769. doi:10.1007/s10551-016-3054-5

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