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Providing Meaningful Work, Consent for Drug Testing

1. In your view, do employers have an obligation to provide employees with meaningful work? Should society take steps to promote meaningful work? Explain and a reference/citation.

2. How voluntary do you think employee consent to drug testing really is? Is the voluntariness of consent an important moral issue? Conclude by addressing your belief on whether or not marijuana should or should not be legalized nationally.

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Hi,

1. In your view, do employers have an obligation to provide employees with meaningful work? Should society take steps to promote meaningful work? Explain and a reference/citation.

Meaningful work essentially means making a difference on a grander social scale such as working for a non-profit organization that directly assists the homeless or an organization that is environmentally focused. In my opinion, it benefits employers to provide employees with an opportunity for areas of meaningful work. According to Overell (2008), "if a company offers 'meaning' to its staff, 55 per cent would be more motivated, 42 percent said they would have greater loyalty, and 32 percent more pride" (p. 12). With these statistics it would seem that providing an opportunity for meaningful work is a good return on investment for the company. Employers can assist with providing opportunities for meaningful work by creating situations in which working conditions are aligned with the "work-life balance", using sustainable resources whenever possible, and having employees become involved in volunteer related activities sponsored by the company.

I do think society should continue to take steps to promote meaningful work. It is only through the deeds we do as individuals that helps the collective and ...

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The Solution discusses whether there is an obligation for employers to provide meaningful work to their employees and whether this issue is a societal problem, as well as the subject of drug testing, consent and how voluntary such testing can be in a work environment.

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