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Running Head: TITLE Ethical Challenges for Halliburton Michael Travis South University Online Ethics in Organizations Professor Steven Wilder April 4, 2017
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HALLIBURTON Ethical Challenges for Halliburton We all wake each day preparing for our plight into our jobs as we prepare to take on the world through our employment we must gauge the risks and rewards that are provided by the employer we have. Halliburton employees wake up to different risks each day as they prepare for their day. The everyday employee sees risks of poor business as the possibility of not getting raises or maybe a few less days of vacation time for the year. This matter though is much more pressing for Halliburton employees. Then there’s environmental risks that are apparent in the operation of Halliburton’s business. A Halliburton employee will wake knowing that they are going to work for a company that drills holes into the ground possibly buckling the foundation of the Earth on which their houses reside. Let’s begin by delving deeper into the ethical considerations an employee of Halliburton faces daily. Ethical Implications of Working for Halliburton A Halliburton employee will often wake up in the morning checking throughout the day the ebb and flow of crude oil prices in the United States. The employees in Halliburton know that their guarantee of employment largely depends on if the price of crude oil is going to rise or fall. They must face the fact that if they want to keep their jobs they need to root for the price of oil to rise causing economic hardship on the communities they reside in. The employee must find within themselves to go to work despite knowing they are actively rooting for their friends, relatives, and members of the community will suffer an economic hardship because of their career choices. If the crude oil prices dip then Halliburton is notorious for their layoffs. They often will layoff anywhere from 5-10% of their workforce to ease the pain of shrinking profits (Layoffs, n.d.).
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