“Is it ever right to back out of a promise that you gave someone else?” This is an important question to any promise you make whether it is big or small. Going back on your word not only violates a person’s trust in you but also be a weakness in character. However, some high-pressure circumstances may lead to lapses in judgment and mistakes in decision-making, and as such individual ethics may be put into question when making the right choice.
Going back on a promise isn’t an ideal option and is not something that should be exercised frequently, however in some circumstances it’s necessary. In the case of Bill Tushoes, going back on his promise may be unethical but it is the right decision when putting into question his happiness. Choosing the right firm to work for is a huge choice for individuals and if an individual is unhappy with their choice it can lead to disdain towards superiors and colleagues and result in poor job performance. Billy has made an error in decision-making and although reneging on his promise is not the preferred option, it is the right one.
They’re many people who will have interest in this case and it is important that Billy keeps those people in mind when going through with his decision.The stakeholders, in this case, are the people involved in the hiring of Billy at Tick and Check, as well as the people involved in Foot and Balance. The human resources department and recruiter at Tick and Check have a interest because not only did they put a lot of time and interest in Billy’s hiring but also have to explain to executives why an offer was accepted and then rejected if Billy was to renege on his promise. Billy’s friend at Foot and Balance would also be very interested in Billy’s decision because she had put in the effort to get Billy’s information on his offer and told him an offer was forthcoming. She and Billy’s other friends would also have interest because they would most likely enjoy working with their friend on Foot and Balance.
With so many people being interested in Billy’s case it is of utmost importance that he evaluates the alternative courses of action he could take and how it would affect the stakeholders involved. In this case, Billy needs to act selfishly because it is important that he works for the firm he desires and work with people he knows he can get along with. Although it may be hard he needs to respect Time and Check and alert them of the news as soon as possible. It is important that he is honest and respectful because not only did the individuals involved in his recruitment work hard to get him an offer, he also does not want to have a bad reputation with another firm in this industry. Billy needs to admit he was wrong for accepting an offer he was not prepared to take, but also be firm in his stance that reneging his promise and choosing Foot and Balance was the right decision for him. It may be a difficult situation for Billy, but it is what is best for all parties involved. Reneging on a promise is never an ideal choice but in some circumstances, it is the necessary one.
Enjoying where you work and whom you work with is one of the most important aspects of having a successful career and although it may be disappointing to the people you have mislead, in the end, it is for the best. However, going about your choice the right way is critical to keep a positive reputation and maintain respect for others.