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November 2011

Building a Psychologically Healthy Workplace

Job Stress Threatens Workplace Productivity I have been part of several workplace environments during my working years. The best were ethically-based, supportive of employees, encouraged new ideas, and promoted open communication. The worst were led by people who did not follow the rules they set out for others, treated employees... Read more →

Should lobbyists be Banned from Giving Gifts to Federal Employees?

Banning Gifts to Lobbyists: Who Represents the Public Interest? From time to time I post a blog on both of my websites because they deal with an ethical issue in general and ethics in the workplace specifically. This is one of those times. For the purpose of full disclosure, the... Read more →

Is Whistleblowing an Ethical Practice?

Whistleblowing and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act I have previously blogged about the growing attempt on the part of the U.S. government to encourage employees to come forward and blow the whistle on wrongdoing. The effort results from almost daily reminders of government fraud and abuse,... Read more →

Creating an Ethical Organization Environment

U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines: The 'Good Parenting' Statute In speaking about the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines that were put into effect 20 years ago by the United States Sentencing Commission (USSC), Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer points to the purpose of the Guidelines which is create a system to build... Read more →

Reporting Child Sex-Abuse in Light of the Penn State Situation

Providing a Safe Workplace Environment Extends to Penn State I recently blogged about the child sex-abuse scandal that is currently shaking the core foundation of Penn State University, its administrators, and the Athletic Department, and has led to the firing of the school's legendary football coach Joe Paterno. I looked... Read more →

Substance Abuse in the Workplace

Programs to Prevent Alcohol and Drug Abuse in the Workplace Alcohol and drug abuse by employees cause many expensive problems for business and industry including lost productivity, injuries, an increase the health insurance claims, theft, and problems with employee morale. The loss to companies in the United States due to... Read more →

Deviant Behavior in the Workplace

Causes and Solutions to Deviant Behavior in the Workplace I recently read an academic paper on deviant behavior in the workplace by Steven H. Appelbaum, Giulio David Iaconi and Albert Matousek, all of whom are faculty in the School of Business at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. I was... Read more →

Corporate Over-Regulation and the Occupy Movement

Occupiers Mantra: "We're Mad as Hell and Won't Take it Anymore" I have blogged many times before and asked the question whether over-regulation of corporate activities in the workplace hinders economic growth. On February 9, 2001, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued a preliminary... Read more →

Herman Cain and Sexual Harassment

Comparison to Sexual Harassment of Anita Hill in the Clarence Thomas Case is Unfortunate One of the women who accused Republican presidential contender Herman Cain of sexual harassment released a statement through her lawyer last Friday saying that she "stands by" her complaint, which was made "in good faith about... Read more →

Workplace Consequences for “Occupy Wall Street” Protesters

Can Engaging in Political Activities Outside the Workplace Get You in Trouble? With the growing popularity of “Occupy Wall Street” protests the issue must be raised whether employees who participate are at risk of losing their jobs. Just talk to NPR radio host Lisa Simeone and you know the answer... Read more →