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The Cancel Culture in the Workplace: Part II

Freedom of Expression Last week I blogged about the cancel culture in the workplace and how corporations and their employers should react when a group of workers wants to cancel an employee(ees). This week I drill down on the idea that the cancel culture portends conflicts ahead for employers that... Read more →


The Cancel Culture in the Workplace

The Thought Police in the Workplace According to Dictionary.com, “Cancel culture is the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures or companies after doing something offensive or deemed to be so by one group or another. When someone has been “canceled,” it means they cease to exist to... Read more →


There are Benefits to Giving Women Greater Access to the C-Suite

Characteristic Traits of Behavior Make Women More Moral Than Men I have previously blogged about women and the glass ceiling and how they have been lagging in C-Suite positions. Along comes a research study from the Harvard Business Review that seems to show an increase in gender diversity but raises... Read more →


Bipolar Individuals in the Workplace: Contributions and Cautions

The View from Employees with Bipolar Disorder One of the most frequently commented on blogs that I have written during my 15 years blogging are those on bipolar disorder and workplace performance. The comments run the gamut from high praise to criticism for my inability to explain bipolar correctly. I... Read more →


What is Ethics Washing?

Google’s Failed Attempt to Create an Ethics Advisory Panel No, it is not about washing your clothes in a responsible way. Ethics Washing refers to the practice of ethical window dressing. It is where an organization gives lip service to ethics to make it seem as though it acts responsibly... Read more →


Sexual Harassment Revisited: The Case of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

The Entitlement Culture of Politicians The case of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo and the sexual harassment charges against him is interesting from the point of view of entitlement. Did Cuomo feel entitled to say things to female staffers or make certain gestures that others should not do? How can we... Read more →


Can Employers Require Vaccination?

What’s in it for Employees, Employers, and Society in General? I recently read a fascinating article in the Washington Post by Lindsey Bever. She interviewed experts on the do’s and don’t about vaccines and workplace responsibilities. My blog today summarizes those interviews and creates an ethics angle to the decision... Read more →


Ensuring The Ethical Development Of Online Platforms And Products

Guidance on Key Issues The following guest blog was written by Jane Sandwood. The last section was added by The Ethics Sage. Overview of Ethical Issues As well as appreciating the increasing sophistication of the design and function of websites and apps, consumers also want to be reassured that the... Read more →


Tone at the Top Defines Ethical Culture in the Workplace

What is Management's Role? What would you do if you discovered that a superior was engaged in inappropriate conduct? Beyond matters that deal with sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination that should be reported to the Human Resources Department, employees sometimes uncover fraudulent financial practices and are faced with... Read more →


The Difference Between Fear-Based and Trust-Based Workplace Cultures

Building Workplace Ethics A lot has been written about fear-based and trust-based cultures in the workplace. A fear-based workplace is a place where fear drives behavior. Decisions are made because of the severity of the consequences of acting outside the prevailing culture. A trust-based workplace is where ethical leaders make... Read more →