Discussion 6: Making Ethical Choices
Persuading and manipulating workers to donate towards a charity is unethical. The use of facts and data by the business communicators to persuade and manipulate workers into donating directly violates the principle of autonomy. The principle of autonomy exemplifies the right of an individual to be left alone and accorded the freedom to execute an independent decision without coercion. Therefore, by posting a convincing message supported with facts and gratifying anecdotes, the communicator directly undermines autonomous decision-making and invalidates individual consent with regard to the forced donation. When it comes to charity, workers should be allowed to participate on a willing basis. As follows, it is inappropriate to reinforce the significance of the charity, yet they may be aware.
Persuading and manipulating workers using facts to donate is a wrong technique of making workers arrive at a conclusion. The authentic way is to present logical data to the employees so that they can see the rationale of the charity initiative for themselves. As a result, understanding the need to participate in the charity may gradually change and the outcome morphs to be more convincing if the workers are allowed to decide whether to donate or not. Conversely, a leader can desist from persuading and manipulating people by making a decision, giving direction, and enforcing authority. The workers can disagree with the decision executed, but may gradually accept if it is based on sound facts. If they are manipulated into donating, many of the workers can feel deceived, which is wrong.
The attempt to persuade and manipulate workers to donate in support of an organization’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) is unethical. The action of creators of persuasive messages is directly inferring with independent decision-making ability of other people.