Some companies require that their employees work very long hours and travel extensively. Employees with young children, employees taking care of elderly relatives, and employees who have interests outside the workplace sometimes find that their careers are jeopardized if they try to work more reasonable hours or limit their work-related travel. Some of these employees feel that it is unethical for their manager to expect so much of them in the workplace and not understand their needs as parents and caregivers.
- think about the ethical implications of requiring long hours and extensive amounts of travel for some jobs. What are they?
- What obligations do you think managers and companies have to enable employees to have a balanced life and meet nonwork needs and demands?