After listening to the radio show The American Life featuring actor Mike Daisey, I discovered that there is a major need for our society to address employee satisfaction. Mike Daisey emphasized the poor working conditions present in the Foxconn factory. This factory manufactures products for a variety of well-known companies such as Apple, HP, and Dell. After speaking to factory workers, Daisey discovered the factory has small living quarters, long working hours, toxins impacting the health of employees, and a labor board that neglects to address problems employees face. Why won’t Foxconn address these problems? More importantly, why do companies like Apple sit and watch their factories treat employees poorly?
Poor working conditions in manufacturing plants has become a major issue and has been present for centuries. For example, Nike faced controversy when their poor working conditions and low wages were revealed to the public in 1991. Even though they faced protests and the questioning of their famous spokesman Michael Jordan, Nike turned their image around through raising their work age, raising wages, improving their work conditions, and providing the public with social responsibility reports. To read more about how Nike turned their image around after this scandal click here. Instead of facing these scandals and low employee satisfaction ratings, why do companies still fail to address these issues from the beginning? Would you be satisfied with the conditions these workers have faced?