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Reduction in Force

Reduction in Force (RIF) was a frequent dilemma that was also connected to hiring policies. Managers described filling permanent positions while knowing that a RIF could take place at any time. The procedure for RIF was also ethically problematic to managers:
The part I struggle with is that under the RIF format, the supervisor, me, gets told on Thursday what supervisees have to come in on Friday to get chopped, and they are to be gone that day . . . Gone that day. And I personally believe that that's unethical . . . not because it's severe, but because it's not balanced . . . We would not tolerate any employee
doing that to us.

■ What personal and professional values are connected to this dilemma?
■ Analyze the dilemma from the perspectives of feminist, Afrocentric, and Ghandian moral principles. How does each inform you about the elements of the dilemma that could promote good or harm?
■ How would each perspective lead to particular leadership actions and decisions about this dilemma?

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REDUCTION IN FORCE (RIF)
Reduction in Force (RIF) was a frequent dilemma that was also connected to hiring policies. Managers described filling permanent positions while knowing that a RIF could take place at any time. The procedure for RIF was also ethically problematic to managers:
The part I struggle with is that under the RIF format, the supervisor, me, gets told on Thursday what supervisees have to come in on Friday to get chopped, and they are to be gone that day . . . Gone that day. And I personally believe that that's unethical . . . not because it's severe, but because it's not balanced . . . We would not tolerate any employee
doing that to us.

■ What personal and professional values are connected to this dilemma?
■ Analyze the dilemma from the perspectives of feminist, Afro centric, and Ghandian moral principles. How does each inform you about the elements of the dilemma that could promote good or harm?
■ How would each perspective lead to particular leadership actions and decisions about this dilemma?
Personal Values:
The personal values connected with this issue are that it is unfair to layoff an employee without ample notice. Care and ...

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Personal Values:
The personal values connected with this issue are that it is unfair to layoff an employee without ample notice. Care and compassion should be present when relieving an employee from their employment. Simple put, the organization knows they are approaching a reduction in force; however, the organization hires individuals anyway without knowledge that there is a strong chance of a lay-off. Regardless if the actions are unbalanced, employees should be afforded the opportunity to prepare for a layoff for financial reasons. In the manner of which they are being let go is not dignified nor is it appropriate to word it as "being chopped". Again, this is not a very dignified way to approach such a delicate issue.

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