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When Exercising Caution Is the Best Move For Your Business

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Q: We passed all inspections, but I am concerned that a machine due for replacement in 18 months might pose a safety sooner than that. Ideally I'd replace it now, but money is tight; I plan to address the potential safety issue another way. No employee has expressed concern, and my legal and compliance obligations are met. So why do I keep worrying that I'm not doing right by my employees?


A: Operating ethically doesn't mean putting yourself through trips. That said, when a gut feeling keeps nudging you, pay attention. It is a signal that you need to ask yourself more questions. Here are some to consider:

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