If there’s any Legitimate Nonemergency Excuse for doing Personal Things on Shift, it’s Downtime

Blog by Pepperdine University student Andy Zhang This week I will post five blogs from students at Pepperdine University. Professor Carolyn Galantine assigned students to choose a blog and post comments. I appreciate students' inclusion of my blog in their responses. This is Blog #1. If there’s one thing we... Read more →


Giving Voice to Integrity in the Workplace

Do What You Think is Right Because it is Right I have previously blogged about integrity in the workplace and today’s piece is an extension of those issues. Integrity is an essential ingredient in being an ethical person. Personal integrity is an innate moral conviction to stand against things that... Read more →


Ethics and Compliance: Workplace Values That Strengthen Corporate Culture

Ethics & Compliance Initiative 2018 GBES Survey Results The Ethics & Compliance Initiative (ECI) recently issued its 2018 Global Business Ethics Survey (GBES) that reports on the impact that an ethics and compliance (E&C) can have in the workplace with respect building a sound, ethical culture in organizations. A strong... Read more →


What to Do About a Defective Product? Ethical Issues

Workplace Ethics Advice I was recently contacted by a production manager with an ethical dilemma. She had just inspected a production run that was scheduled to ship out in two days. Much to her dismay, she found a defect in the internal operating systems of one batch of product (10%... Read more →


EDI and Sexual Harassment Policies Need to Be Strengthened

Creating an Ethical Organization Culture Ethical issues in the workplace are varied and create ethical dilemmas in many cases. Recently, we have seen an uptick in issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) and sexual harassment. I have previously blogged about EDI and sexual harassment and pointed out how... Read more →


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 →