As the economy continues to rollercoaster up and down and unemployment is still high, one thing many companies and organizations are doing is laying people off. Being laid off isn’t the same as being fired, though many people do not see the difference: no paycheck is still no paycheck. If you find yourself in this situation, and you begin to search around for other jobs because, let’s face it, you need money to live on and pay bills, how would you act on your last day of work? Working for the University of Texas at Arlington, what kind of attitude should one have toward working that last day? Would it be right to be completely checked out and not care anymore about getting the job done right, or at all, because the company you work for does not care to keep you on?
Immanual Kant tells us that we should always have absolute ethics and morality. He would simply ask the question: What if everyone did that? He would point out the fact that what would be wrong in one instance or situation must be wrong in all other similar instances and situations. However, in our human nature, we tend to revert back to our insticts of scratching each other’s backs. Since the company stopped scratching your back, why should you scratch theirs? What benefit would you gain by continuing to work as hard as you had done before knowing that there will be no ground gained for your efforts? What attitude would you have toward an employer that decided to lay you off knowing that you either need another job to have that paycheck coming in and do not see yourself going back due to the new job, or they just will not be hiring you back?
Please, give your feedback to the ethics of your attitude towards working at your company the last day before being laid off, mostly likely for good. How would you act?
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