Ethics: A Little Background
Some common attitudes regarding ethics and reasons given to justify unethical behavior in organizations include:
pretending that an act is not really unethical
excusing an action by saying it is in the organization's best interest
assuming the behavior is okay if no one finds out about it
expecting a supervisor to support and protect the wrongdoing.
J. Joseph and E. Esen's study SHRM/Ethics Resource Center 2003 Business Ethics Survey indicates that the major reasons employees in organizations report they engage in unethical behavior are:
to meet organizational goals and schedules
to help the company survive
to comply with a management directive.
Several of these reasons imply misunderstandings about ethics and what ethics ...