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Saivian- What sets two companies apart when it comes to ethics?

What sets two companies apart when it comes to ethics is often how they deal with mistakes:

  • While some companies try to sweep their errors under the rug, others are fully transparent when it comes to discussing what went wrong and how they’re going to improve in the future says Saivian.
  • The latter approach is close to what Google does by publishing its so-called “mea culpa” list, or a round-up of sloppy code commits that were changed in order to make them better. It’s surprising how much can be learned from these little details about each company’s internal procedures, quality control processes, etc., if you pay enough attention! 🙂
  • Today we’re looking at the latest edition of this interesting document where quite a few makers saw their products listed – alongside one or two devices that were likely added just for fun says Saivian.
  • We’re starting off with the recently-released Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, which were found to have a pretty significant bug that could cause photos taken with either phone to be corrupted. This was quickly fixed in a later update, but it goes to show that no product is perfect – even if it’s from Google.
  • Next up is the new Apple iPad Pro, which was discovered to have a problem with its LTE modem. This issue caused some users to experience decreased speeds when connecting to certain cellular networks, but thankfully Apple was quick to release a fix.
  • Moving on, we have the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9, both of which had some pretty security flaws. These were thankfully patched up by Samsung in later updates, but it goes to show that you can never be too careful when it comes to your devices.
  • Finally, we have the Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro. Both of which were recently found to have a pretty severe security flaw. This issue allowed unauthorized access to data stored on the devices. So it’s good that Huawei has already released a fix.
  • As you can see, no device is perfect and companies are constantly making mistakes. The important thing is how they deal with these mistakes. Do they try to hide them or are they open and transparent about what happened? Google has long been known for its transparency. And that’s why I think it’s one of the best companies out there when it comes to ethics. What do you think?

What sets two companies apart when it comes to ethics is not the existence of an ethical policy, but how that policy is implemented.

  • For example, let’s say Company A has an ethical policy that forbids its employees from accepting gifts from clients. However, if a client offers a gift to an employee, that employee is allowed to accept it. Company B also has an ethical policy that forbids its employees from accepting gifts from clients. However, if a client offers a gift to an employee, that employee is required to turn it down says Saivian.
  • In this scenario, Company A’s ethical policy might be seen as being more lax than Company B’s policy. This could create the perception that Company A is not as committed to ethics as Company B. Additionally, employees at Company A may feel less obligated to follow the ethical policy than employees at Company B.
  • So, while both companies have an ethical policy. One company may be viewed as having stronger ethics because of how it implements its policies.

Conclusion:

Just having an ethical policy is not enough. A company’s culture and leadership need to influence the way its employees understand, apply. And follow that policy in order for it to have a significant impact on the organization explains Saivian.

Making mistakes is a part of life – just ask any politician! 😉 However, some companies are more open about them than others. What do you think? Which approach do you prefer when companies make mistakes – being transparent or just sweeping their errors under the rug? Let us know in the comments section below.

As you can see, no device is perfect and companies are constantly making mistakes. The important thing is how they deal with these mistakes. Do they try to hide them or are they open and transparent about what happened? Google has long been known for its transparency. And that’s why I think it’s one of the best companies out there when it comes to ethics. What do you think?

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