Discuss the questions.
1 Which of the activities described in Exercise A are illegal in your country?
2 Are there any which you think should not be illegal because this damages business?
3 In your opinion, which are the easiest or most difficult to control?
D-Work in groups. What should you do in each of these situations?
1 Your boss has asked you to make one member of your department redundant. The choice is between the most popular team member, who is the worst at his job, or the best worker, who is the least popular with the other team members. Who do you choose?
2 The best-qualified person for the post of Sales Manager is female. However, you know most of your customers would prefer a man. If you appoint a woman, you will probably lose some sales.
3 You work for a travel company which is in serious financial difficulties and will go bankrupt in the near future. Your boss has ordered you to continue to accept deposits and payments from customers until the company officially stops trading. You fear that these people may lose their money or may be left abroad when the company collapses.
4 Your company has a new advertising campaign which stresses its honesty, fairness and ethical business behaviour. It has factories in several countries where wages are very low. At present, it is paying workers the local market rate.
In what other ways could businesses involve their em ployees in environmental issues?
Language Review : Narrative tenses
Tell a story about any of these ideas.
1 A significant news event you remember well
2 An ethical problem you know about
3 A memorable event in your life (good or bad)
4 An unusual or memorable experience while you were travelling abroad
5 Your first or last day in a job or organisation
Skills : Considering options
Role-play this situation.
You are senior managers of a department store. Your business is losing market share.
You strongly suspect your main rival is using unfair methods to compete against you. For example, you are almost sure that your rival has been:
a) trying to obtain information about your marketing strategy from an employee who has just left your company;
b) offering members of your award-winning window-display team exceptionally high salaries and bonuses to leave your organisation.
Hold a meeting to consider how to solve the problems.