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October 2013

Sexual Harassment is Alive and Well in the Workplace

Unwanted Advances, a Hostile Work Environment, and Threatening Behavior that is Sexually Based has no Place in the Workplace What should you do if you think your boss may be doing something improper? Is it sexual harassment? It’s a question I deal with all the time in my college teaching.... Read more →

Social Media Risks in the Workplace

Protiviti and Deloitte & Touche Surveys Highlight the Need for Risk Assessment of the use of Social Media in the Workplace Increasingly, businesses and other organizations are finding the use of social media in the workplace is fraught with danger. The question I address is whether the new challenges in... Read more →

Fraud in the Workplace: Building an Ethical Organization Environment

Organization’s must “walk the talk” of Ethics This is the second of a three-part series on building an ethical workplace culture. Last Friday I blogged about 'Character and Leadership in the Workplace.' Today's blog addresses workplace fraud and building an ethical organization environment. According to the National Federation of Independent... Read more →

Character and Leadership in the Workplace

Individual Character and Organization Culture is the Basis for Ethical Behavior I recently read about a “Character is Destiny” program at Pepperdine University. The mantra for the program is “For individuals, character is destiny. For organizations, culture is destiny.” How true it is that the character of top leaders of... Read more →

Dealing with Workplace Conflict

Leadership and Ethics the key to Workplace Conflict Resolution When people work together in groups, there are bound to be occasions when they disagree and conflicts arise in the workplace. Whether these disagreements become full-blown feuds or instead fuel creative problem solving is, in large part, up to the person... Read more →

Workplace Bullies Charm their way to the Top

Does it pay to be a Workplace Bully? I have previously blogged about the potential psychological effect of workplace bullying. They can be devastating and, in extreme cases, lead the bullied individual to commit suicide. Now, in a rather disheartening study published in the Journal of Managerial Psychology, a team... Read more →

Ethics in the Workplace

Questions to ask to enhance Ethics Standards in Business I have previously blogged about the declining civility in America. The 2013 edition of Civility in America: A Nationwide Survey by the global public relations firm Weber Shandwick reported that civility continues to disintegrate and rude behavior is becoming the "new... Read more →