Business helps employees develop virtues (#3)
3. When managed well, businesses actively enhance the dignity of employees and the development of virtues, such as solidarity, practical wisdom, justice, discipline, and many others. While the family is the first school of society, businesses, like many other social institutions, continue to educate people in virtue, especially those young men and women who are emerging from their families and their educational institutions and seeking their own places in society. Those who come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds and who are threatened with social isolation may also find their places within companies. Furthermore, businesses promote healthy interdependence among the peoples of different nations by promoting interaction between them in a way that is mutually beneficial. They may, thus, become vehicles of cultural engagement and promoters of peace and prosperity.
COMMENTARY: The goal of all Catholic social doctrine is the enhancement of the dignity of the human person. The highest form of dignity is sainthood. And the Church defines a saint as one who has lived all the virtues heroically. So if we as business leaders have a plan to help our employees grow in virtue (we have chronicled over 130 of them), then we are responding to our vocation in the best way possible. Virtues are developed through practice, not through studying, so we have to have a pro-active plan to help employees practice the virtues most important to our companies. How can we help employees in HR practice the virtue of diligence? How would it be practiced in Finance? At our Executive Staff meetings?
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