Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Chapter 5 Discussion

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?

Facilitative Questions:

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?

1 comment:

  1. I agree that the walmart laying off will cause a lot of issues for people. You would think that a company that big would be able to manage the number of employees it has at any given time and make minor adjustments rather than having to lay off so many.