Dialogue and Universalism

Volume 34, Issue 1, 2024

Ethics in Business

Jesús Enrique Beltrán Virgüez, Jhony Alexander Barrera Lievano
Pages 113-129

Fear in Organizations
A Challenge of Business Ethics from a Phenomenological Perspective

This article investigates the characteristics of the phenomenon of fear in work relationships in contemporary society. In this sense, the first part describes the dynamics of current life, emphasizing the role of organizations, their bad reputation, and characterizing their operational center as a society of performance. The second part describes the phenomenon of fear, starting from some representative origins of the term, Martin Heidegger’s phenomenological perspective, and recent studies within the field of organizations. Finally, a survey conducted in the first semester of 2023 with 160 workers from different sectors about their perception of fear in the organization is presented. The findings are interpreted in light of the studied perspectives connected with the ethical responsibility of institutions and the pursuit of comprehensive well-being in work relationships.