Ethics of Working from Home: Lockdown Guilt

Many people in the United States are now working from home in an effort to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. This brings up all sorts of ethical dilemmas, including the one we’re discussing on this week’s show: Should you feel guilty if you’re getting paid the same amount to do “less” work? Getting Ethics to Work’s resident ethicist Andy Cullison and producer Kate Berry discuss the guilt some employees might feel when working from home during a crisis. On this episode and every episode, we dig into complicated stories from the workplace and discuss the underlying moral problems these cases bring up.

If you have a workplace dilemma you need some help with, send your story to our producer Kate at katherineberry@depauw.edu.

For this episode’s transcript, click here.

Shownotes

Conflict over government workers “paid to do nothing” in Hawaii

We’ll Bounce Back Faster if We Pay Workers to Do Nothing” by Noah Smith

What Companies are Doing to Protect Vulnerable Hourly Workers Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

How Fortune 500 Companies are Utilizing their Resources and Expertise During the Coronavirus Pandemic” by Jaclyn Gallucci and Maithreyi Seetharaman

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