Saturday, December 20, 2008


"How has this economic downturn forced you to make ethical choices in your business or personal life? What do you see happening in the world around you?"

Those two questions are the tag on an interview with me posted this morning on the Econowhiner website, a website whose tagline is: "Surviving and Thriving in Tough Times."

The interview grew out of a question Econowhiner received from a reader about choosing not to layoff her employees and instead cutting her own paycheck to keep them on. I've written about the ethics of layoffs before in The Right Thing column, in "In Downsizing, Loyalty is a Two-Way Street." That was back in 2001, during an economic downturn that pales in comparison to what we're experiencing today.

What the Econowhiner interview gets at is whether very tough economic times force people to make ethical decisions differently. You might want to take a look at the interview by clicking here.

You can post comments here or on the Econowhiner website.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gee, Jeffrey, I don't know. For a blogger writing about ethics, Jill sure has a curious set of them when it comes to running a blog. Comments that are critical, posts that veer from the tone she's trying to maintain via her bloggy persona, and posts that question her credentials for writing on various topics all mysteriously fail to make it to the screen.

I don't mind a good debate on a blog, and I can live with the fact that there are bloggers out there giving impractical advice. I don't think much of the tactic, but I also understand that bloggers writing on general topics will go frothing at the mouth politically and expect their readers to applaud and agree with them. What I mind is heavyhanded censorship of debate, particularly when no ad-hominem attacks are involved. I've taken to recommending people avoid both her blog and her books.

In general, by the way, I find she's a good interviewer with access to good people, but that the advice she gives on personal finance in bad job markets is just plain terrible -- and for good reason; she's been husband-supported through the last two major recessions, and hasn't had to duke it out on her own for insurance, a living wage, etc. If she'd admit the difference between what she knows and what she doesn't know, and stuck to interviews and reporting, I think she'd have a better blog. Of course, she'd also have to come to terms with the standards of debate and openness that we have here in the West.