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26 Nov 2015

K Ramkumar, Mint

What about the business of tolerance?

A fair workplace and good corporate governance depend on how tolerant business leaders are to criticism and dissent...[H]...ow much space businesses have for employees to fearlessly articulate their thoughts and opinions without having to face punitive repercussions...How often do we see a culture in any business organization where minority groups that are adversely impacted by a policy can fearlessly engage their business leadership? Intolerance to the concerns of minority groups is what drove employees about 150 years ago to find safety in numbers—trade unions. We know that the law forbids having employees work more than nine hours in a day and 48 hours in a week. Yet, in most organizations that do not have trade unions, employees are required to work much longer...the first step is initiating a public debate on the current culture in business organizations, especially the role that the independent board members are required to play, to make business establishments more tolerant.