Good vs. Evil, Wrong vs. Right, and Ought/Should Be vs. What Is Group B: Question 1: An office worker had a record of frequent absence. He used all his vacation and sick leave days and frequently requested additional leave without pay. His supervisor and co-workers expressed great frustration because his absenteeism caused bottlenecks in paperwork, created low morale in the office, and required others to do his work in addition to their own. On the other hand, he felt he was entitled to take his earned time and additional time off without pay.
Was he right? Answer: I feel that yes the office worker was entitled to take his earned time and additional time off without pay but I think how he went about doing so was wrong. Also, it seems that he didn’t care about or take into consideration what he was putting his fellow co-workers through or even how the work was going to get done. What he should have done was, taken into consideration what work had to be done and made sure that his desk was clear and all work complete.
He should have also made sure that there would be someone there to cover for him during his time of absence. He should have also talked to his supervisor and co-workers, to see if anyone else needed to take any time off before he took it upon his self to just take an extended vacation. I believe that both St. Augustine and St. Aquinas would have felt this way as well, they would have felt that he could have first talked to management about needing to take an extended leave of absence and then arrangements could have been made to cover his position.
No matter if he had the time, he should have most definitely thought about how the company would have been affected by his constant absenteeism. By right the company could have easily fired him do to this problem and the situations that he put them in. This type of situation just goes to show you that some people only think about themselves and not take in the whole picture. If he would have looked at the whole picture all of this could have been avoided, the causing of bottlenecks in paperwork, creating of low morale in the office, and requiring of others to do his work in addition to their own.
By being considerate of others and doing upon to others how you would like them to treat you, will cause you a lot less headache in the end. Question 2: Rhonda enjoys socializing with fellow employees at work, but their discussion usually consists of gossiping about other people, including several of her friends. At first Rhonda feels uncomfortable talking in this way about people she is close to, but then she decided it does no real harm and she feels no remorse for joining in.
Answer: This could be a very bad situation for Rhonda because one of her friends could overhear them and this could cause problems not only in their friendship but at work also. Rhonda is wrong in thinking that it does no real harm and feeling no remorse for joining in because this decision she made can end up biting her in the rear. Just like these fellow employees are gossiping about other people, she can be sure when she is not around, they are going to be gossiping about her as well.
It would have been in Rhonda’s best interest to continue to stay out of the conversation when it turns to gossiping because one of those gossiping employees could go behind Rhonda’s back and tell one of her friends that she was talking about them, causing her to lose a friend. I think that both St. Augustine and St. Aquinas would have dealt with the situation in the same way. By saying this, I think that they would have advised Rhonda to stick to being social to her fellow co-workers but refrain from gossiping with them because nothing good can come from gossiping.
They would have told Rhonda to think about how she would feel if the shoe was on the other foot and she overheard them gossiping about her, what would she do. What Rhonda needs to remember is, that it is better to not say anything at all than to say negative things about others. Joining in with fellow employees, gossiping about others in the work place, is morally wrong because this could cause so many other problems in the work place that could be avoided if all parties involved would just keep their personal opinions about others to their selves and just focus on getting their work done.
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