You are the member of an executive team and your role is to assign performance-based bonuses. Due to the extraordinary impact of Covid-19, the board has asked bonuses be forgone this year. The organisation has made a profit. Your team has worked extremely hard. You feel uncomfortable about not being able to provide them with the promised bonus. It seems unfair.
There have been several issues scrutinised regarding the proportionality of payments, bonuses and subsidies throughout this year. You understand the impact these issues are having on perceptions and reputations; however, this decision seems terribly unjust.
What would you do?
What ethical considerations would you give to your decision-making?
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