Ethics and Man as Resource

Ethics and Man as Resource

The present crisis, more or less faded, represents an excellent opportunity to discuss about the man as a resource. Because what is the man in an organization but a resource, an important one, even if inconstant and often unpredictable.

However it is concerning that small and large companies started peering man not as a capital, as human resources specialists would prefer but as a machine, annullable and replaceable, moveable anytime and in any condition, but more over disposable.

We all know that in business everything comes down to costs, money, cash and surely this tendency is a profit generator, but is it a moral one?

France Telecom is confronting a wave of suicides at work, generated by stress and collective depression. 23 people have committed suicide in 18 months and only until the government intervened and the public opinion’s scorn the company is thinking of taking measures. Nokia is creating a wave of unemployment in Germany, to give happiness to some cheaper Romanians, who literally fight to get a job and after that it creates working conflicts because of the to small wages. People die of exhaustion at work, a well known case appearing even in Romania, the country of employees considered not to be workaholics. There are companies who have to confront a numerous medical releases caused by stress and who think seriously not to revise their politics but to call the sick ones off.

Even so companies talk about durable development, about implication in community development, about respect towards nature. Notable and praiseworthy, but what do we do with the man, with the individual, to the one who is populating communities and who is one with the nature?

The question is a rhetorical one: is it therefore ethical to think only of profit? Is it normal to consider the human being, individually or in group, annullable? Because the theory says no, but the practice contradicts it with to much virulence…

But maybe as the human mind found renewable sources of energy, would find ways to lead people and organizations so both of them make profit. Until then, we all remain in the posture of pawns on an immense chess table which can be swept away in one gesture for lack of luck and money.