Workplace ethics

Sexual Harassment at Ernst & Young a Problem of Indifferent Culture

Workplace Ethics Takes a Hit at EY According to an Associated Press story published on September 24, Ernst & Young was hit with a second sexual harassment complaint in less than year firm. Karen Ward, a former partner with EY, said her supervisor routinely commented about her breasts, suggested she... Read more →


Is it Ever OK to Do Personal Things on Company Time?

Ethics in the Workplace I receive lots of emails from readers of my ethics blogs who look for advice on workplace issues. Workplace ethics are the ethical principles that guide a person's behaviors and decisions in the workplace. These principles are no different than those in our personal lives; it’s... Read more →


Whistleblower Involved in Fraud Receives an Award from the SEC

The Message: Don’t Do the Crime Unless You Want to be Rewarded I’ve blogged many times before about whistleblowing including whether it is an ethical action. Some would say that whistleblowing is a courageous act to right a wrong and because the whistleblower may be discriminated against for coming forward... Read more →


Words of Wisdom on Dating in the Workplace

Is it Worth the Risk? Dating in the workplace can be fraught with danger. Objectively, navigating the normal dating world can be hard enough, but it gets a lot more complicated for couples that work together. Imagine if a boss dates a subordinate. Can the boss fairly evaluate the performance... Read more →


What Every Senior Needs to Know About Their Rights in the Workplace

Elder Fraud is a Growing Problem There are countless seniors today who play a vital role in the workforce. Unfortunately, there are many aging myths out there that suggest seniors are unable to work as well, as hard or as often as younger adults. These myths are not only completely... Read more →


Is it Ethical to Take Credit for Someone Else’s Work?

Weighing Alternative Courses of Action I’m frequently asked whether it is ethical to take credit for the work done by a co-worker. The purpose of this blog is to share my knowledge on the issue and provide food for ‘ethical thought.’ It is based on the following case study. Assume... Read more →


Ideas for Enhancing Resumes in an Ethical Way

How to Explain an Employment Gap on Your Resume This blog was first published on July 10 but contained an inaccurate reference to the blue frog, instead of the blog frog, which has been corrected. My Workplace Ethics Advice blog is listed on the site, theblogfrog.com, as a career resource.... Read more →


Civility vs. Incivility in the Workplace

Weber Shandwick Survey Results Seem Unrealistic An annual poll on civility in society by Weber Shandwick continues to show that a vast majority of Americans – 93 percent – identify a civility problem in society, with most classifying it as a “major” problem (69 percent). Despite this high-level of dissatisfaction... Read more →


Establishing an Employee-First Culture

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming an Effective First-time Manager The following is a guest blog from 15five.com. 15Five was recently honored for its impact in helping companies establish an employee-first culture — it was selected by the Center for Positive Organizations as a prestigious Gold Awardee of its 2018 Positive... Read more →


The Disconnect Between Millennials and Employers

Deloitte Survey Reflects the Importance of Purpose-Driven Objectives The 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey reports the results of 10,455 millennials (Gen Y) questioned across 36 countries. This year’s survey shows Gen Y’s opinion of business motivation and ethics is at the lowest point in three years. About 20 percent said reputation... Read more →