Asked in Compensation and BenefitsEmployee Development and TrainingHiring and RetentionBusiness Ethics
Can individual virtue survive corporate pressure yes with examples?
March 21, 2014 6:33AM
Absolutely. By "corporate pressure," I assume you mean the pressure to conform to a company's corporate culture, even if that culture is dominated by behaviors you find undesirable. Of course, it is difficult to maintain one's integrity when working for an unethical company, or when working with people who seem to have different values from yours; but it can be done. For example, I am a non-drinker. When I was invited to the company's annual Holiday Party, I did not drink, even if some people made fun of me. This did not stop me from having a successful career, and I'd like to believe that deep down, even the people who mocked me respected my belief that drinking was not the right thing for me to be doing.
It is also worth noting that not every company will pressure you to do unethical things. While the media like to focus on the cheats, the embezzlers, the greedy executives, and the people who treat their employers poorly, they are not the majority of what you will encounter in the business world. The truth is that there are many good people in business, including good bosses. These are people who don't just care about profit, but also care about those who work for them. Similarly, there are many men and women who manage to resist corporate pressure and maintain their ethics. But sad to say, there are also companies that treat their workers with disrespect; under such circumstances, maintaining a positive attitude can be very difficult. And if a company proves to be too focused on greed or on illegal activities, you might want to consider finding a job elsewhere.