Kirk is a bright individual who is being groomed to move up in his company’s manufacturing firm. He was invited to join his superiors at their monthly financial statement summary meeting. As Kirk sat through the meeting he felt optimistic about the company’s future. As the meeting went on, and the topic of discussion turned toward the new manufacturing plant the company was building, Kirk found his optimism beginning to wane.
The president and head Chemical Engineer began to talk about waste treatment and disposal problems at the new plant. The Engineer advised that the current waste treatment facilities did not have the capacity to handle the amount of waste the new facility would generate due to the increase in production. He told them that it would keep them in compliance with federal standards; however they would not be keeping up with more stringent industry trends, which had risen, due to pressure from environmental groups. The president stated that their closest competition did not meet these standards either. He felt that as long as the company met Federal standards they would stay out of trouble and they would be able to keep their cost per unit price down. The other managers agreed with the president but Kirk was concerned about their casual attitude toward the environment. Kirk did not hear the rest of the discussion as he weighed his need to stand up for what he felt was right against his desire to move up in the company.
QUESTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:
- Is Kirk obligated to voice his opinion?
- To himself?
- To the company?
- What tact could Kirk take in voicing his conflicting opinion to the President, Head engineer and the majority voice?
- What are the possible ramifications of voicing his opinion or not?