The 19th National Business Ethics Survey from the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) using "6420 responses from employees in the for-profit sector" found that retaliation for reporting misconduct was still a concern even though it saw a slight decline. Yet, there was an increase in employee reporting of unethical behavior on the job. However, the ERC President mentioned that if a stronger economy returns, more employees may be tempted to engage in unauthorized practices to increase the bottom line for themselves and their employers.
- Do people you know act ethically on the job and in their personal lives? Why or why not?
- Would you report misconduct that you observed in your workplace even if you might face retaliation?
- Have you ever worked for an unethical supervisor? If so, how did his or her behavior affect you?