It seems that every year as we enter into the season of the Tour de France we begin to hear the rumblings and rumors of who is doping. Recently Floyd Landis admitted that he had doped and accused Lance Armstrong of the same.
You might think the penalty of losing a title, being banned from the sport, or just being known as a cheater would keep people from doping. Yet every year new people are caught, more tests are run, and more shame is brought upon the sport.
The question today is, is there such a thing as “doping” in business? Recently I was speaking with a friend of mine. He had a great job for a good company. As they were heading into the end of their fiscal year, he was notified that his position was no longer needed. In the first quarter of the fiscal year he noticed that his position was posted on the company job site. He was not the only one this happened to.
In other words, the company pushed for production and then reduced costs through layoffs so they appear better to investors. It may not be illegal like doping in cycling, but, is it still un-ethical and immoral? Ultimately just like using steroids to artificially improve performance, the damage done to the company could have long-term repercussions.
Organizations would be better off investing in their people and having them drive profitability per person. Just like a cycling team needs climbers, sprinters, and domestiques to get their “Lance Armstrong” across the line, corporations need experienced staff who work well together as a team to keep their organization in the yellow jersey.