Monday night, the Chairman of Starbucks went on The Daily Show to publicize the company’s new college tuition benefit. Assuming that the philosophical reasons he offered for explaining why the benefit is being offered aren’t just total BS, it’s at least congruent with the notion of a relationship-based rather than contract-based conception of employer and employee that I wrote of in my primary contribution to our symposium.
If it really is, hey, we want what’s good for our employees because that’s part of what shareholder value is, then that’s exactly the sort of thing I was talking about. A step in the right direction by Starbucks. Deserves applause.
Too bad they burn their beans. Otherwise, I’d go get a grande double vanilla latte to register my approval. Alsotoo, props to Arizona State University. I suspect it will be an all-around long-run win: lower turnover and higher morale for Starbucks, a solid student base for ASU’s online program, better-educated workers. For the consumers? What the hell, it’s already a four dollar coffee, what’s an extra quarter?
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