The management of this plant is pressurized by the corporate headquarter to increase the production level, or face the consequences of a shutdown.
The primary reason for lower productivity has been attributed to the unfavourable working condition within the plant. Sugar syrup attracts honeybees to the production unit. The honeybees not only contaminate the syrup but have proved to be a nuisance for the workers. They come in swarms and render the employees helpless with their stings. The plant has to keep a mean operating temperature, due to which the protective clothing is not of much use. The situation has become so grave that employee recruitment and retention have become a serious issue in this plant.
The company is known for its business ethics. It does not want its employees to undergo such inhumane treatment day in and day out nor does it want to hurt the honey bees and invite the wrath of the environmentalists. The fact that one cannot be compromised with the sake of the other has put the plant manager in a dilemma. Whatever solution is finally arrived at should address the interest of both employees as well as the organisation.
The whole production unit can be surrounded by net, so that the bees cannot enter the production house. This process is expected to involve significant cost and therefore the budget should be taken into consideration before implementing it.
Another suggestion is to find a substitute of sugar syrup. Rather than using sugarcanes, some other fruits and vegetables can be used to produce the sugar syrup. ‘Stevia’, a bush, has leaves whose extracts are sweeter than sugar. The company can even resort to artificial substitutes of sugar, such as saccharin, sucralose, aspartame etc. However, there are certain obligations that accompany these options. Substitutes such as Stevia have certain constituents which are known to have adverse effects on the human body.