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January 2012

Age Discrimination: A Growing Workplace Problem

How to Identify and Act on Age Discrimination The American labor market has passed a barely noticed statistical landmark: the median age of working Americans—half the working population—is 40 or older, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The significance to employers is that about one-half of the work-force is... Read more →

The Ethics of Users of Social Networking Sites while at Work

Ethics and Social Media at Work Are users of Social Networking Sites while at Work more or less ethical than those who do not use such sites? That is the question I raise in this blog. In previous blogs I addressed the use of social media to detect fraud and... Read more →

Sexual Harassment of Men in the Workplace

Women on Man and Man on Man Sexual Harassment is a Growing Workplace Problem There is no doubt that most cases of sexual harassment involve men harassing women. For many years this has been true because of the power differential. However, as more and more women move up the corporate... Read more →

How Can a Corporate Philosophy and Code of Ethics Enhance Workplace Ethics?

Olympus Sues Executives for Fraud Olympus, a global company headquartered in Japan and maker of cameras and medical digital equipment, has been embroiled in a financial scandal since 1990. As I have previously blogged about, the Olympus fraud has a real life whistle-blower – Michael C. Woodford – the newly... Read more →

What Makes for a Transformational Leader in the Workplace?

Transforming the Workplace: Leaders Lead by Example A transformational leader acts as a catalyst for innovation in organizations and for change in individuals. Transformational leadership is about implementing new ideas; these individuals continually change themselves; they stay flexible and adaptable; and continually improve those around them. Recall that President Obama... Read more →

What are the Qualities of a Successful Leader?

Are Good Leaders Born or Made? Warren Bennis, the noted American scholar, organizational consultant and author, and widely regarded pioneer of studies in the field of leadership once said: “The most dangerous leadership myth is that leaders are born -- that there is a genetic factor to leadership. This myth... Read more →

Retaliation Against Whistleblowers in the Workplace on the Rise

Whistleblowers Pay a Price for Coming Forward The Ethics Resource Center recently issued its 2011 National Business Ethics Survey (NBES) and the results are mixed. Here are some of the major results reported in its Executive Summary. The percentage of employees who witnessed misconduct at work fell to a new... Read more →

Developing Transferable Skills Can Help to Get a Job in a Tough Economy

Workplace Job Skills and Attitudes Essential to Landing a Job You’ve heard the latest “good news” on jobs and the economy. According to the jobs report last Friday, the U.S. job market is showing signs of a sustained recovery. U.S. employers added 200,000 jobs in December, and the unemployment rate... Read more →

Beware of Work-at-Home Scams

If it Sounds too good to be True, it Probably Is! In a report issued on January 4, 2012 by the Federal Trade Commission, work-at-home scam victims received an average of only $9.70 per person in a settlement with a Texas-based company. Not very much for the pain and agony... Read more →