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Upcoming Ethics Luncheon Forum Explores Job Satisfaction

When businesses treat their employees well, it does much more than create goodwill.  At the Ethics Luncheon Forum presented on by the Duquesne University Beard Center for Leadership in Ethics, Le Herron, former chief executive officer (CEO) of O.M. Scott & Sons, will explain why a business leader’s most important task is making it possible for workers to do their best.

Herron’s presentation, One Man’s Opinion: Why Employees Must Come First, will explain how empowering employees can invigorate an organization. The event is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 23 at the Duquesne Club, Downtown.

Particularly in today’s business climate, where news of excess and abuse by CEOs is driving a wedge between management and workers, Herron believes that putting employees first can bring tremendous personal and organizational rewards.

In a management career spent at companies facing workplace challenges, ranging from productivity and competitiveness to worker morale, Herron learned that good business leaders are those who create organizations where people are inspired by and enjoy their work.

Dr. James Weber, professor of business ethics and director of the Beard Center, said that job satisfaction can result in ethical workplace behavior as well as smoother business operations and increased profits.

Citing recent research conducted by Deloitte and Touche USA, Weber listed several factors that promote ethical workplace behavior, among them a high level of job satisfaction and the ability to achieve a healthy balance between the concerns of work and duties of private life.

Nine in 10 workers claim that having a healthy work-life balance makes them more likely to behave ethically on the job, Weber said. He added that 60 percent of the workers surveyed reported that job dissatisfaction was the major reason for acting unethically, second only to individual immorality.

“Clearly, putting employees first is an excellent strategy for promoting ethical behavior in the workplace,” Weber said.

For information and reservations, contact Rebecca Ellsworth, 412.396.4005 or e-mail beardcenter@duq.edu.

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