31 05, 2016

Is It Ethical to Take a Vacation?

By | May 31st, 2016|Bloomberg Businessweek Columns, Ethics in the News, Featured, In the News|Comments Off on Is It Ethical to Take a Vacation?

 A panoramic view of the coast of Gozo, Malta, that I took last week Which of the following statements is most accurate for you? A) I receive 15 days of paid vacation each year, and I take them—guilt-free. B) I receive 15 days of paid vacation each year, but I feel guilty if I take [...]

8 05, 2013

Are Unpaid Internships Ethical?

By | May 8th, 2013|Bloomberg Businessweek Columns, Ethics in the News|Comments Off on Are Unpaid Internships Ethical?

Christmas may be the most wonderful time of year for many, but for managers, it’s summer that often brings the greatest joy. After all, this is when millions of college students and recent graduates offer their services for little or no pay. What could be better for business than voluntary unpaid labor? The federal Labor Dept., however, is cracking down on these arrangements, on grounds that they may violate labor laws. […]

25 10, 2012

iSolation: Do You Have It?

By | October 25th, 2012|Bloomberg Businessweek Columns, Ethics in the News, Featured|Comments Off on iSolation: Do You Have It?

When the iPhone was released in 2007, I wrote an article for Bloomberg Businessweek online in which I discussed the downside of new technologies. Even the most optimistic forecasters did not predict the degree to which these devices have become a driving force in our daily lives. With Apple’s announcement this week of the iPad mini, as well as Microsoft’s introduction of its first PC and new operating systems along with releases from other companies, I thought you might enjoy reading the piece I wrote five years ago, which sadly is more timely than ever. […]

14 07, 2012

Apple’s No. 1 Opportunity for Growth: Pay Store Employees More

By | July 14th, 2012|Bloomberg Businessweek Columns, Ethics in the News|1 Comment

When it comes to technological achievements, marketing muscle, and overall coolness, Apple (AAPL) is the undisputed world leader. No one does a better job of creating gadgets that millions of people want the moment they’re available. But a disturbing report in the New York Times details how Apple store employees average less than $12/hour and do not earn commissions, no matter [...]

16 04, 2010

Let’s Abolish Caveat Emptor

By | April 16th, 2010|Bloomberg Businessweek Columns|1 Comment

Why should the buyer beware? It’s up to companies to be honest and transparent about the products they are selling. By Bruce Weinstein, PhD When I was 10, I bought some gizmo that turned out to be a piece of junk. “Caveat emptor!” my mom told me when I showed her the busted toy I’d just spent my hard-earned allowance on. “What does that mean?” I asked. “Let the buyer beware,” she said. “You can’t believe everything people tell you when they want to sell you something.” […]