Updated: May 21, 2020
As you know, the economy took a very hard hit when COVID-19 broke out in the United States. The economy continues to suffer, several months later after a large portion of the United States have been ordered to be sheltered in place, with only essential businesses open. So, businesses of all kinds have been hugely impacted due to the COVID-19 crisis.
Have you been wondering how businesses have actually been affected?
Within the business track, you will have a better understanding how business owners and executives have reacted and integrated ethics into the difficult decisions that have been made as a result of COVID-19.
Dr. John R. Dodge, a periodontist in Boulder, Colorado has been significantly impacted. Unlike much of the dental industry, Dr. Dodge actively works in the office a minimum of 50 hours a week. While the practice has been forcefully closed, Dodge has registered with the state of Colorado as an emergency first responder, where he responds to any dental emergency, free of charge.
In deciding to register as an emergency responder, Dr. Dodge’s personal and business ethics really led the way. Accountability has been one of the most important principles throughout his life. Accountability has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 crisis, as he has the desire to help whoever is in need, whether pay is involved or not.
Not only does Dr. Dodge want to ensure his accountability through being an emergency first responder, but also by his 17 employees. How Dr. Dodge has been treating his employees with the utmost respect also showcases his reputation for being accountable over his 22-year career.
About the Author:
Emily Sandberg is a first year Ethics Fellow. She wanted to be in this class because ethics is something that appears in almost every situation. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outside- whether that is running, hiking, paddle boarding, or anything in between!