Employee Poaching and the Ethical Theories Used to Justify it: How Convincing?


Whether you are a poacher or one of the poached, carefully thinking about and assessing the rights and wrongs of poaching and the most common defenses of it may make you a better or (morally, if not legally) better-prepared person when caught up in corporate poaching.

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Employee Poaching and the Ethical Theories Used to Justify it:  How Convincing?

What you will learn in this eBook

High-profile cases and anecdotal evidence provide plentiful warnings that growing talent shortages are exacerbating the practice of poaching. As employers and recruiters become more desperate, there is an increasing likelihood that their professional ethics may be seriously tested, if not, in some instances, altogether shelved or at least loosened.

If you believe or act on any of these "principles", you need to read on, since almost all of these invalidate any and every professional code of ethics and conduct that is neither arbitrary nor merely a mirror of legislation or regulations demanding compliance-.e., they violate any code that is actually a code of ethics. (Or if they somehow actually are based on some code of ethics, why would or should they forbid dating clients, yet allow-if not encourage—damaging or destroying competitors?)

As for any principles that bear some semblance to a genuine professional code of ethics, it will be advisable to distinguish the versions of them that qualify from those that do not.

Employee poaching is, apart from its strategic objectives and tactical maneuvers, a manifestation and test of personal as well as professional ethics, which are intertwined, despite any appearance to the contrary, if only because acceptance of a professional code is either on the basis of harmonizing or conflicting with one's personal ethics.

About the author

Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa
Michael Moffa, writer for Recruiter.com, is a former editor and writer with China Daily News, Hong Kong edition and Editor-in-chief, Business Insight Japan Magazine, Tokyo; he has also been a columnist with one of Japan's national newspapers, The Daily Yomiuri, and a university lecturer (critical thinking and philosophy).
Employee Poaching and the Ethical Theories Used to Justify it: How Convincing?