Principles of Management

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Unethical and ethical behaviors in the workplace can destroy or build a business. In my research I found that unethical workplaces are more commonly found in today’s business world. With this being said even though it’s commonly found there are ways to get rid of or just minimize unethical behaviors in the workplace to help a business stride towards excellence and good workplace ethics by following a corporate wide code of conduct. That everyone in this workplace knows, follows, and enforces. Making it difficult for anyone from the CEO to an employee to make mistakes and keep a focus on how the job should be executed on a daily. Even though a code of conduct can put a business owner at ease for rules and guidelines for their employees to follow, the owner should also keep in mind that his employees should feel a sense of comfort in the work place and reward at times of their good work ethics. Minimizing unethical behaviors takes time but will build a company and show the potential of its workers.

Unethical behavior and ethical behavior are two factors that are found to be very different around the world. Ethical behaviors usually consist of an individual with proper conduct and overall morality. Unethical behaviors can usually be seen as an individual that does not abide by the rules of morality. A place in which ethical and unethical behavior is frequently talked about is within the professional world. The professional world and the behavior within it have its own ethical behavior code that translates seamlessly through many professions in the workplace. Unethical behaviors can destroy a workplace, from executives of companies taking money from the company for their own personal gain or an associate falsifying official documents “In recent years there have been numerous accounts of insider trading, defense contract fraud, marketing of dangerous products, health risk cover ups, discrimination against minorities, and embezzlement of funds in our savings and loan industry. Security analysts contend that economic crimes such as employee theft are on the rise, and that the cost of these crimes will increase from $114 billion in 1990 to $200 billion by the end of the decade (Knight-Ridder, 1993” (Kavanagh, M. J. (1996). An experimental examination of the effects of individual and situational factors on unethical behavioral intentions in the workplace. Business and Economics, 15(5), 551). These actions can genuinely damage a company's credibility, with the loss of valued partners/customers and this could cause a company existence to over time fade away. But these unethical behaviors don’t just start all by themselves, a person could have the most ethical behavior until that one person in the workplace persuades them to do an unethical deed. In my research I found that you can find out a lot about a subordinates unethical and ethical behaviors for example, “After coming back from a trip, you show your expense report to one of your friends in the office who basically does the same job you do. After looking at your expense report, he: The ethical person raises his eyebrows, and says, "You need to be very careful in reporting you expenses. For instance, I see you spent $30.00 for the cab fare from the airport. That could look very suspicious to payroll. I know that some people in the company do inflate their trip report expenses, but most people are pretty accurate. If we aren't, payroll will start requiring even more verification of expenses. Plus, company travel funds will get depleted, and it'll be harder to justify a trip." Then there is the unethical person who laughs and says, "You actually put down what you really spent!" He then says to you, "Let me tell you, most of us add a few bucks here and there - it’s sort of a private perk." He then proceeds to show you which expenses you could increase (for example taxi fares, meals, and tips) and why (for example, a receipt is not required). He also tells...
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