A substantial number of organizations have their sights set on Labor Day weekend as the starting point to begin rolling out their return-to-work plans. However, the rise in the delta variant and breakthrough infections have thrown everyone a curveball.
Most employees seemed amenable to returning to the office a few or more days per week, but their primary pushback was about their desire to work from home. Unfortunately, now, they have a new primary concern: Is it still safe to return?
These changes highlight what is likely to be an ongoing problem with return-to-work initiatives — namely, that organizations and their employees are doomed to disagree for the foreseeable future.
Organizations are designed to view ethicality from a practical lens, whereby they maximize utility for all stakeholders. Alternatively, individual employees are psychologically drawn towards viewing ethically-related decisions from a moral rights perspective. From this view, right and wrong are determined not by the outcomes but by whether the act itself respects absolute rights as human beings.