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Jason DeRulo Talks Dirty to Me

I actually got to meet Jason DeRulo after the concert last week– we talked ethics for a hot sec.

Do you think your goal as an artist is to be the most profitable tour or to express yourself and bring the most joy to your fans? Continue reading Jason DeRulo Talks Dirty to Me

Where are the Cantu’s of Business?

The fascinating part of the Best Companies in 2014 is the majority of them are technology, health care, and finance industries. What is it about these industries that are the focal point of what society views as the “best”? Why are these three industries leading in the world’s innovations?

Everyone’s perspectives of ethics are questioned because they are viewed differently. Ethics are governed by guidelines set by businesses and the law. Morals come from cultural norms. These two intersect because it is the internal and external views of any situation. Ethics are based on rules of conduct by society’s standards and morals are the principles of right and wrong doing by individuals. When we look at these two components we can see where the fine line meets. We can see how the foundation of a business should be grounded on ethical procedures but it is solely dependent on the morals of the person that is overseeing the process. If these two components are not embedded into the leaders of these organizations, it cannot be a good company.

Terminix International is a Service Master company that provides pest control service to residential and commercial customers. Service Master was founded in 1929 and incorporated in 1947. It has several entities that fall under its umbrella such as Merry Maid, Tru Green, and American Home Shield. The company states, “ServiceMaster’s corporate governance is guided by our board of directors and management team to ensure we serve the interests of shareholders, customers and employees with the highest standards of responsibility, integrity and compliance.” When this company was under the leadership of Albert Cantu, the overall atmosphere of the company was beneficial to all parties involved. For the years he served as the President of the company, they showed tremendous growth each quarter. The overall employee morale was at an all-time high and customer retention was the lowest it had ever seen. Why did all these positive events happen? Cantu’s business model was simple, if his employees was happy than his customers would be even happier. This business culture began to manifest in every office throughout the United States. Albert’s father Carlos Cantu was the CEO of ServiceMaster until his death in 1999. After five years of being the President of ServiceMaster he was forced out. Within a year of this occurrence, the company stock dropped and its retention rate was over 10%. The company’s net income was in the negative for three consecutive years. One of the values that Albert Cantu valued was family. Terminix was a family under his leadership which lead to a high morale and business ethics being adhered to at all times. Once Cantu was gone, the business culture changed tremendously thus I believe is why the company begin to loss profits. Leadership plays an important role in the ethical culture of a company. Cantu’s leadership style allowed Terminix to flourish.

Is it ethical to encourage employees to stay at work because of all the incentives they have at hand? How much time is too much time at work? Are we really getting paid correctly for the many hours that we are giving to companies? Companies like Google offer all of these “incentives” to spend more time at work but it doesn’t take into account other duties or responsibilities a person may want to have in their life. I worked for one of Google’s vendors in NYC and had to visit the facility a couple of times. During my times there, it amazed me how much it seemed like people where doing more playing than working. But the individual that escorted me through the building assured me that work was taking place. I guess the strange expression on my face showed exactly what I was thinking. As I walked through the sections, it seemed like Dave and Buster…a lot of laughter, a lot of team collaboration, and a lot of distractions. Google’s approach to business is not the norm but it is evident that the job is getting done. Are these elements that are being offered a distraction or a help? Are these incentives boosting the moral?

http://www.entrepreneurship.org/resource-center/eight-elements-of-an-ethical-organization.aspx

The Googler

After reading the blog prompt, the first company I immediately thought of was Google. The reason why I chose Google is because after working in New York City this past summer I met numerous individuals working for a variety of companies such as Goldman Sachs, SumZero, Contrarian Capital and last but not least, Google. Of all these firms, everyone told me how they were working extremely long hours, how their bosses were jerks and how their offices were nothing special. All mentioned similar things about their working environments, except for my friend’s roommate, Adam, who had recently began working at Google. Let me start by saying that no one in our friend group called Adam, Adam. We called him The Googler. This is because when he initially joined Google, he not only joined the company of Google, but most importantly, he joined the culture of Google. On Adam’s first day he was welcomed by a colleague greeting him, “Hey!!! You’re a Googler now!” This was the beginning of his incredible job experience. Adam was the only one in our friend group who raved about his work and how amazing everything at Google was. He had constant energy, but most importantly, he did not consider work as work. He sincerely told us how it was his responsibility to provide the best he could for his clients. This is because of Google’s work culture, which all starts with one of their mottos: “It’s really the people that make Google the kind of company it is.” Google’s culture not only embodies everything of a utopian work environment, but most importantly, demonstrates that a good employer leads to good outcomes. Incase you have never seen any of Google’s complexes, next time you’re bored and on the Internet, go ahead and search Google offices. Or take a look at Some of Google’s office spaces here. These offices are insane! Some have bowling allies, nap-pods, rock climbing walls and even hair salons. Oh, and did I mention the free food that the employees also get? It is evident that Google believes in providing the best working environment for their employees in order to get the best quality of work out of their stakeholders in return. Due to theses incredible, facilities and benefits, Adam was truly producing his best quality of work in return and most likely so are other Googlers. Today, Adam, or the Googler continues to work at Google as an account manager for retail clients. He not only loves his job, but truly believes that Google extremely values their employees because it will lead to better outcomes. In addition to constant donations for renewable energy projects and creating their own energy-efficient projects, the efforts of Google exemplify their social responsibility as a major corporation. By providing their internal structure of the company with the best possible aid, Google stakeholders are propelled to externally provide the best for others.

Is Risk Fun?

We have looked at apple extensively this semester. We can establish Apple is extremely secretive about company operations. We observed how apple distanced themselves from the FoxConn Operations with slickness and panache. We looked in depth about the cult-like consumer culture of apple, especially due to their affinity for alliteration. Just kidding. Continue reading Is Risk Fun?

The Real Meaning Behind Why I Chose Google

I decided I was going to write about Google before I even clicked the links that Jordi suggested as starting points for this week’s blog assignment. Yes, I’m sure you’re thinking how unoriginal this choice is. Perhaps one of my peers will also blog about the same topic. However, before I get started, I wanted to take the time to clearly communicate the fact that I did not choose to write about Google just because it was the first company that came up on Jordi’s links. In fact, I did not even notice until after starting this post that the second sentence of the Jordi’s blog prompt was describing the environment at Google. Of greater importance however, it was not until after writing the majority of this post that I realized the reason that I was so set on writing about Google in the first place. I realized I had a powerful reason to be grateful for Google being so dedicated to the well being of their employees, and to the families of their employees (more to come about this). Therefore, for the purposes of this post, I chose to focus on a specific group of stakeholders- the employees.

First, here’s a little background. In 2014, Google, Inc. was the only company in its industry to make it on to Fortune’s best companies list. Not only did it make it onto the list, it was ranked number one. The company’s motto is “don’t be evil,” and, has done just that in its treatment of the environment. The company has donated over $1 billion to renewable energy projects through its Google Green Program, and has decreased its own carbon footprint through the use of energy efficient buildings and public transportation. Heck, I personally know that the employees are dedicated to creating a better environment because my cousin’s husband, Joe, who, might I add, is probably the last person you would ever expect to participate in physical activity, walks three miles each way everyday to his job at Google.

If you hadn’t already heard, the work environment at Google is impeccable. You know- nap pods, free QUALITY food in the cafeteria, free haircuts, free checkups, free on-site laundry machines. All at work. Yup, go look up a Googleplex campus. In doing so, you will see the evidence of Google’s goal to keep their employees as happy as possible. I mean, you can even bring your pup to work with you (as long as you clean up after them!). Google truly believes that these perks, in addition to a long list of others, help foster a work environment that allows employees to live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

Let me tell you though the reason I believe all this all to be the truth. Under incredibly unfortunate circumstances, I have come to know the true quality and dedication that Google has for their employees. In particular, the true quality of family health care plans and benefits that these employees are provided with. If such benefits were not provided, my cousin, April, likely would not have received the quality of care that she was able to receive after sustaining incredibly serious injuries that left her as the only survivor of a plane crash this past May. Due to the quality of care that she received thanks to her husband, Joe’s, Google employee health benefits, April was able to make a full physical recovery, one that she likely may not have achieved without such benefits and access to quality care. After seeing the amount of flexibility that Google provided to Joe to take care of his wife as they simultaneously coped with the loss of their four-year-old daughter in the accident, I truly believe that Google cares for their employees as individuals. I truly believe that they see their employees as individuals, not just as avenues to achieve greater profitability through. For these reasons, I will forever have the utmost respect for the quality of treatment and benefits that Google provides to their employees.

As we have learned in the past few weeks, stakeholders include not only owners of a company’s stock, but also the employees, customers, suppliers, and community. As seen in the way that they treat their employees, Google clearly takes the needs of their employee stakeholders, rather than their owners, into account. In my opinion, it is evident that Google illustrates their dedication to corporate responsibility through their primary concern of creating a well-respected image represented through their happy employees.