First published in exchangeAs a magazine for Brigham Young University's business school, we have developed the following twelve categories to cover the root causes or causes of most of the ethical business dilemmas that people may encounter at work. I summed them up to keep it short.
1. Accept things that are not yours
Everything falls from moving the highlighter from the storage room to sending personal mail through the mailroom to downloading unauthorized games to play on your work computer. The chief financial officer of a large company took a taxi from the airport to his home in the city. When he asked the taxi driver to receive it, he received a blank receipt. Obviously, this dilemma of accurately reporting business expenses involves more than just one employee.
2. Say what you know is not true
Ethical violations occur when a car salesperson insists on the customer that the used car has not had an accident before. When the store's staff assured the customer that the product had a money back guarantee, another ethical violation occurred [perhaps in violation of the law] when the transaction was only allowed.
3. Give or allow false impressions
There is a city legend in which two CDs are sold in TV shopping ads, claiming that all popular songs of the 1980s are on CDs. The TV shopping program emphasizes over and over that all songs are performed by original artists. When they received the CD, they checked and found that all the songs were covered by a band called The Original Artists. Although technically correct, the TV shopping show gives the impression that it is wrong.
4. Purchase influence or participate in conflicts of interest
When the company awards a construction contract to an organization owned by the Attorney General’s brother, or when the county committee responsible for selecting a new road construction company travels around the state, the road is viewed at the expense of one of the bidders, which may affect the Choose the conflict of interest for the results.
5. Hide or reveal information
Failure to disclose information from new product safety research results, or to transfer your company's proprietary product information to a new job, falls into this category.
6. Get an unfair advantage
Have you ever wondered why there are so many product safety rules and procedures? This is primarily the result of government agencies protecting consumers from the law by previously unfairly exploiting these consumers due to lack of knowledge or through complex contractual obligations.
7. commit personal degeneration
Over time, it is becoming more and more obvious that employee behavior outside of work has a negative impact on corporate image. This is one of the main reasons why companies minimize social interactions or events outside the office, so it is impossible to trace drug or alcohol-related events to the company.
8. Perpetuate the abuse of interpersonal relationships
At the heart of this moral misconduct is the abuse of employees by corporate leaders through sexual harassment, verbal abuse or public humiliation.
9. Allow organization to abuse
When an organization chooses to do business in another country, it sometimes resists social culture, in which child labor is required, and the working environment or excessive working hours are degraded. It is at this point that the company's leaders can choose… whether to continue to abuse or mitigate abuse.
10. Violation of rules
In some cases, people or organizations violate rules to speed up processes or decisions. In many of these cases, the results are the same anyway, but by breaking the rules of the results or the required procedures, they may damage the reputation of the organization in which they work.
11. Forgive unethical behavior
Suppose you are working one day and you find that your colleague is using a small amount of cash for personal purchases and not reporting. Maybe you know that there are security issues with new products under development, but you won't say them. In these examples, failure to do it correctly can cause errors.
12. Balance moral dilemmas
What about the situation that is considered to be both incorrect and good? What should I do? Should Google or Microsoft conduct business in China in violation of human rights violations every day? Sometimes, organizations must balance the need to conduct business with any ethical dilemmas that may arise from doing business.