Military Honour and Workplace Ethics

The piece linked below isn’t obviously about business ethics. It’s actually about a report issued by the Canadian military after being called in to staff long-term-care facilities (what used to be called old folks’ homes)in Ontario and Quebec during the Covid-19 pandemic. The report was a devastating exposé of horrible conditions in those facilities. Why was the military called in, and why did the report get so much attention? The author of the piece says it has a lot to do with military honour — a special combination of pride and dedication.

No other institution — not even police forces — expect as much from members (employees?) as do military organizations. Clearly, as this story suggests, even some healthcare institutions cannot claim the high level of dedication on the part of employees that military organizations can. So this piece can serve as a nice starting point for a broader discussion of duty, and honour, in workplaces of all kinds.

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LINK: Military ethics and the nursing home catastrophe (by Andrew Potter for xxx)

…Like most professions, the “profession of arms in Canada” is governed by a code of ethics that sets out the standards of conduct for members of the profession, while also defining the work of the profession and regulating how it is performed. For the Canadian Forces, that code of professional ethics can be found in a manual entitled Duty With Honour: The Profession of Arms in Canada. It is a fascinating document,….

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