Workplace ethics

What Does it Mean for an Organization to Have an Ethical Culture?

Transcendent Values Must Lead the Way Are organizations ethical? How can we know? One way is to ask key questions such as: What are the values that inform ethical behavior? What is necessary to ethically evaluate whether and how their actions affect stakeholders? Does the organization have an ethical culture... Read more →


Incorporating a Balanced Scorecard Approach into Social Entrepreneurship

The Best Way to Measure Results of Performance in Today’s Organization Social enterprise has been a buzz word for millennials for some time now. A social enterprise is a commercial organization that has specific social objectives that serve its primary purpose. Social enterprises seek to maximize profits while maximizing benefits... Read more →


A Purpose-Driven Culture in Business is Important for Millennials

Why Ethics Should Take on a Greater Role in Business Decision-Making According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workplace Culture Trends, 71 percent of employees said they would take a pay cut to work for a company whose values they share and 39% would quit if asked to do something unethical by their... Read more →


Putting Meaning Back Into Work

Incivility in the Workplace and Psychological Effects on Employees I recently read a report by Deloitte about the future of the organization that addresses the employee experience and human experience that makes several excellent points. I review these in today’s blogs and offer my own perspective on this important issue.... Read more →


Workplace Advice on Dealing with Bipolar Employees

Treat Others the Way You Wish They Would Treat You A few years ago, I wrote about Bipolar Personality Disorder. Using the word “Personality” was a mistake on my part. The purpose of this blog is to correct the record and revisit some of the workplace considerations when dealing with... 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 →


Why Do Businesses Continue to Ignore Their Role as a Moral Agent?

Wells Fargo, VW, Takata Air Bags, and J&J: Failing the Ethical Tests of Moral Agency One reason businesses still struggle with ethical behavior is they are unaware of their role as a moral agent. A moral agent is a person who has the ability to distinguish between right and wrong... Read more →


Ghosting in the Workplace

Dealing with Rejection Ghosting in the workplace is when a candidate abruptly disengages from the interview process without explanation. Ghosting occurs in different ways including not keeping employers informed of a decision, not showing up for the first day of work, and ghosting after accepting a job. Employers also engage... Read more →


Office Politics: How to Play the Game – Ethically

Workplace Ethics Advice Yesterday I posted a blog on my Ethics Sage blog site about the nature of office politics and basic ethical considerations. Today I look at how office politics is played and how you can use it to your (ethical) advantage. Socialization Organizations are social places and much... Read more →