Concept and brief description:
Ethical downsizing obligations. When a company decides that it needs to downsize, and layoff employees, what kinds of obligations do they have to the employees that lose their jobs?
Emotional hook (provocative question/ claim/real-life problem):
Recently Wal-mart announced that it will be laying off 10,000 workers from I believe their manufacturing and warehouse labor force. Now, typically the type of people Wa-mart employs are usually people who are already struggling because of lower education, health problems and disabilities. What is Wal-mart going to do to help ensure that 10,000 people in this category get new jobs elsewhere?
Are there better ways then others to downsize, other then just a straight cut? Why do sometimes downsizing attempt to reduce costs fail? Is early retirement a good option for companies looking to downsize? How about temporary employees?