M9 (Brumbaugh)

After reviewing the Hawthorne Studies video, for this week’s Class Discussion, what, if any, has been your experience with the Hawthorne effect on a job.

I can defiantly say that the Hawthorne effect can be either a negative or positive in different situations. When I first started working at my job, they were in the transition from having “sections’ to “dynamic floor coverage.’ At first it was terrible, they micromanaged your every move and I felt like I couldn’t get a break. Everything I did, either good or bad, they had something to say about it. Until we got a new SM and “dynamic floor coverage’ wasn’t new anymore, they let us finally learn from our mistakes. They stepped off and let us be our own bosses. Now I work harder and smarter with them supervising me from a far.

1) Describe a supervisor who inspired and motivated you — what were their characteristics or actions that made such a positive impact?

The supervisors I have currently at my job are very inspiring and motivating while making work fun! They treat everyone with respect and truly want what’s best for there team. They always ask how I’m doing and remember details about me, my vision and goals, and life events. They really consider any of my needs and try there best to keep me satisfied. Being how amazing they are and the company itself, I have worked for them for almost three years, and strive to be my best everyday. I hope I can be as caring, determined, goal motivated, and easy going as my supervisors.


Theranos is a prime example of a company being unethical to its consumers. Started by Elizabeth Holmes in 2003, she created a product that was suppose to revolutionize healthcare by being able to detect health problems with just a couple drops of blood. This product was supposed to be cheaper and more convenient and readily assessable for any consumer. After years of dodging and fibbing information about the device, they were finally exposed of using other lab materials and denied any accusation of it, as well telling consumers wrong health information leading them to believe they had issues that weren’t true. Over all, this company did a lot of terrible things and thankfully there was a whistleblower to prevent anymore false claims.




M2 (Brumbaugh)

In chapter two of our book we looked at normative theories of ethics. Utilitarianism is the moral belief that “we should always act to produce the greatest possible balance of good over bad for everyone affected by our actions’ (Shaw, 49). During Christmas two years ago, I decided to make care packages. It contained an assortment of granola bars, socks, hand sanitizer, tissues, hand warmers, a flash lights, a blanket, tooth brush and tooth paste. My goal was to walk around town giving them out to people that looked in need of these items. My action was driven by my moral ethics to help benefit the majority. I did think about how people could be offended by this gesture, and decline. One man in particular did, he let me know how disrespectful I was to ask him if he needed a care package because he could support himself. I took this situation personally since my motives came only from love and empathy. Even though I may have hurt his feelings, many others were thankful for my gesture which outweighed any negatives. These actions reflect utilitarianism, because I produced more good on a larger scale over bad over the one upset individual. Furthermore, this benefiting the community as a whole.

M1 (Brumbaugh)

Ethics is a set of moral principle that governs someone’s behavior or actions. I believe we develop our ethics by who we surround ourselves with whether it be family, friends, teachers, government, religious groups or society. From the start our parents, teach us what they consider to be right and wrong and help mold what our morals and beliefs are. As we get older, different influence can change our ethical behavior. As we experience life events, hard decisions, or first hand experiences is when our true personal moral code is revealed.