Thomas Jefferson University Unethical Behavior in Workplace Discussion
For management, the most important way to avoid ethical mistakes is by paying attention to information they would prefer to ignore. However, by not addressing the situation head-on the consequences for the organization could escalate and ethical misconduct could ruin a company’s reputation. Unethical behavior covers a wide range of activities from financial misconduct to illegal employment practices, not taking care of safety issues in the workplace, overbilling consumers to misrepresenting a product in advertisement.
The question is have you ever seen unethical behavior in the workplace? Provide some insight into the situation. Was it fixed by management or not and what were the consequences? If you haven’t seen any unethical behavior try to find a current situation of unethical conduct from a news article and provide your observations.
- This author looks at the role that Human Resource Management plays in improving corporate ethics. Also include is how ethics should be considered in an employee’s performance. Creating an Ethical Culture (Links to an external site.). (Cover story). (2014). HR Magazine, 59(4), 22-27.
- Linda Fisher Thornton (2014) shows that ethical behavior comes from the top. She identifies seven actions leaders can take to inspire ethical conduct in the workplace. Fisher Thornton, L. (2014). Ethical leadership. (Links to an external site.) Leadership Excellence, 31(1), 34.
- Another short but substantiate article. According to Ross Tartell (2011) leaders definitely need to start off with a strong innate moral compass but overall much of what leaders need to know, say and do comes with what they have learned over their career. Tartell, R. (2011). Can leadership ethics be learned (Links to an external site.)? Training, 48(3), 16-18.