management, sensemaking

When good people work for bad companies

We need to escape the feeling that things have to be like that. It is no excuse to think that if you do not act like that anyhow the company will find somebody else who will. There is no ‘need to’, it is always a matter of ‘choose to’.

Management Briefs

By Bronwyn Fryer in HBR Blog Network  Article

“You consider yourself to be a decent person. You pride yourself on your conscience, and are discerning in what you buy and consume. Yet every day you get dressed, eat breakfast and go to work for a company you think hurts other people and the planet.

This presents a terrible conundrum for millions of us. Too many industries do harm in the world — whether through their actual practices, their lobbying efforts, or their treatment of the environment or of workers. They have lofty mission statements and attempt to mitigate this harm by donating to some good causes. But part, or all, of their bottom line is built on doing or abetting bad stuff.

Meanwhile, in this flagging economy, many of us are glad to have work at all. It’s difficult to think about quitting a decent-paying job simply because of…

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