How does unethical behavior affect a business?
Unethical behaviour has serious consequences for both individuals and organizations. You can lose your job and reputation, organizations can lose their credibility, general morale and productivity can decline, or the behaviour can result in significant fines and/or financial loss.
Why do good people act unethical?
Some issues are more likely to lead to unethical choices. Employees are more likely to act unethically when they don’t see their action clearly causing harm — for example, when the victim is far away or the damage is delayed. Unethical choices also occur when an employee feels that peers will not condemn their actions.
How do you justify unethical behavior?
The following are six common strategies researchers have identified that people use to justify unethical behavior and maintain a positive self-view.
- Viewing the behavior as a grey area.
- Believing the behavior will benefit others.
- Highlighting moral credentials.
- Symbolically cleansing.
- Partially coming clean.
What are the 10 most significant risks and costs resulting from unethical behavior?
The 10 most significant risks and costs from unethical behavior:1)Increased risk of doing business and the possibility of bankruptcy and severely damaged company brand and image. 2)Decreased productivity. 3)Increased misconduct and conflict internally. 4)Decreased performance levels of employees.
What is the difference between illegal and unethical?
1. “Illegal” is an act against the law while “unethical” is against morality. 2. Illegal behavior is easy to detect; however, unethical behavior is tough to detect.
What should you do if you observe unethical behavior?
If you see, experience, or suspect an ethics breach at your employer, gather and document your facts and questions, check the issue escalation policy, and then talk privately to your immediate supervisor and the chief compliance officer. Question what you’ve seen, but don’t be accusatory or self-righteous.
What should you do if you see unethical conduct?
It’s important to assess the situation and figure out the best course of action.
- Take Stock of your Behavior.
- Analyze the Situation.
- Document your Observation.
- Always Assume the Best.
- Seek Advice from a Mentor.
- Gently Intervene if Possible.
- Talk to your Coworker.
- Bow Out of the Situation.