Whistleblowing

Behavioral Ethics in the Workplace

Dealing With Ethical Blind Spots and Bounded Awareness Key to Corporate Social Responsibility I’ve come to the conclusion that relying solely on teaching students’ ethical principles using philosophical reasoning methods won’t cut it with respect to enhancing ethical decision-making. We need to go beyond that and recognize there are other... Read more →


How Should You Handle Cyberbullying in the Workplace?

Protecting Yourself Against Cyberbullies In my last blog I addressed cyberbullying of young children and teenagers. In today’s blog I look at cyberbullying of employees. This isn’t the first time I’ve addressed the problem of cyberbullying in the workplace. The problem persists and revisiting the issue now will shed additional... Read more →


Has Wells Fargo Learned its Lesson?

Should a Company (or person) Be Defined By Their Worst Act? Every time I walk into the local branch of Wells Fargo Bank I wonder whether I should change banks simply because of the massive fraud committed by Wells Fargo that was made public in 2016. I thought about last... Read more →


Corporate Culture Run Amok

Product Safety Scandals Keep On Coming How can we explain the extent of recent corporate wrongdoing that raises the question: Where were the top officials? Just in the past few years we learned of fictitious accounts set up for customers at Wells Fargo and adding costs to the products sold... 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 →


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 →


Civility vs. Incivility in the Workplace

Weber Shandwick Survey Results Seem Unrealistic An annual poll on civility in society by Weber Shandwick continues to show that a vast majority of Americans – 93 percent – identify a civility problem in society, with most classifying it as a “major” problem (69 percent). Despite this high-level of dissatisfaction... Read more →


Whistleblowers Can Use Confidential Company Documents to Expose Fraud

Have the Courts Gone Too Far in Protecting Whistleblowers? On January 26, 2018, Charles Matthew Erhart struck a blow for all would-be whistleblowers when he achieved a significant win on a critical challenge that nearly all corporate whistleblowers often face – whether they can use confidential company documents to expose... Read more →