Friday, July 28, 2017

Dealing with Unethical Situations at Work

Learn how to handle a directive to engage in unethical behavior on the job with these practical suggestions ("When the Boss Wants You to Do Something Unethical," The New York Times, July 6, 2017). Get clarification from your supervisor to make sure you understood what is being asked of you. Research the situation to decide if the potential action goes against company policy. Determine the consequences of compromising your integrity to save your job before you bring your concerns about your boss to another person or group overseeing your boss. This article provides more great options should you encounter such situations at work.

Discussion Questions:
  1. Did you think the article provided useful strategies for employees who have been asked to do something unethical at work? Why or why not?
  2. Have you faced such a request to do something you thought was dishonest? Did you decide to stay on the job or resign?
  3. Do you think it is important for a company to have a code of ethics, so employees know what is expected of them on the job? Why or why not?
  4. Do you think companies that place an emphasis on maintaining an ethical workplace are more profitable? Why or why not?

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