BP #5: Uber’s Aggressive Culture: Can it be Turned Around?

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One Uber manager groped female co-workers’ breasts at a company retreat in Las Vegas. A director shouted a homophobic slur at a subordinate during a heated confrontation in a meeting. Another manager threatened to beat an underperforming employee’s head in with a baseball bat. The internal communications of Uber and its employees brings to question the overall integrity, safety, and intrinsically valuable relationships Uber has established with the people that work for them.

Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles; moral uprightness. This is old news in what makes a company ethical or unethical, similarly to Uber and their current situation. More recently, comparisons to Uber’s employee-executive relationships can be made to the state of nature by Hobbes.

The state of nature, according to Hobbes in his piece Leviathan, is a state of equal hope in achieving our goals; like a thought experiment that shows responsibility between differences such as right and wrong. Not only that but the state of nature is a state of perfect liberty: freedom for positive and freedom from negative. Under that state we have the law of nature, where Uber’s aggressive work culture violates the very rights.

The law of nature is a rational rule which forbids man to do anything destructive to his or another’s life or means of preserving it. However, we don’t live this way because it is more rational to give up some liberty to gain safety and security. Therefore, shouldn’t employees of Uber be given this safety and security by giving up some of their liberty to be considered employees of the company? For fact, these employees and Uber signed contracts, both physically and morally. Uber is acting very irrational with their work culture which directly violates the state of nature and law of nature that protects the very thought of human life in safety and security, making the best of decisions and understanding what is truly right and wrong.

So can Uber’s work culture turn around? Can they see that these aggressive acts of violence and inappropriate motives can reverb into dangerous things. Safety and security is everything people want in the workplace, from those at the top to those at the bottom. Uber must protect those in its core and adjust to comply with the correct moral beliefs that create sustainable and efficient work culture.




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