Quantum Software Company has a unique problem. They are fun to work for but may be violating laws and ethical issues. Every Friday the employees are treated to an evening of drinking and socializing with each other near Lake Washington. Quantum Software Company is a fairly new company that employees 200 people in Seattle. The organizational culture is relaxed and familiar. Quantum’s employees often work long 16-hour days and six-day weeks. Most of the employees participate in the beer bust and seem to enjoy the weekly event. Bill Carter, Quantum’s corporate attorney, attended one of these beer bust after attending a meeting Bill noticed that every level employee was invited and mixed freely despite their position in the hierarchy. Unfortunately, Bill also observed some of the negative effects alcohol can have on people. One employee fell on a snack table but was unhurt. This incident prompted Bill to contemplate the risk of serving alcohol at a company sponsored event. Concerned about the liability that Quantum may face, Bill approached the founders Stan Albright and Erin Barber. Stan and Erin, both open to Bill’s insight, enlisted him to identify the risks of the beer bust and provide alternative solutions. Both founders were adamant about maintaining team spirit and a sense of family among the employees. This paper is the result of Bill’s assessment and the completion of Management 330: Theories and Principles Course.
The Corporate Attorney’s Assessment
Quantum Software Company values family and team principles. In an effort to create strong personal and professional bonds, Quantum put itself at risk for litigation. Serving alcohol at company sponsored events should be prohibited and frowned upon. Not only does the drinking arouse ethical problems but managerial problems as well.
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