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Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

Trouble with Training

Jocelyn Tan

Sherry has been working at a computer hardware company for over 25 years. In recent years, many recent college graduates (approximately 100 per year) have been hired into the company. This year, 3 new hires were introduced into her group.

Occasionally, Sherry must train these hires by leading technical workshops and giving one-on- one advice. However, she feels that, instead of growing from within, the company has spent a lot of resources finding young and talented employees to increase its development of new products. Although she is not a manager, established employees, like her, must often assume responsibility for these hires. Sherry is unhappy because she feels that the time used to train these new employees could have been spent completing her projects.

Sherry wants to bring her concerns up to her manager or ethics department, but is unsure if it is necessary. What should she do?

Jocelyn Tan was a 2014-2015 Hackworth Fellow in Engineering Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

August 2015

Aug 26, 2015