Workplace Ethics: The Other Side

So, every day you report at work with the mind of putting in your best; do your duty and leave the rest to God. You are honest, diligent, hardworking, dependable, etc or so you think until you do some of these things:

  1. Misuse of company time: “How?” you ask. Conducting personal business on company time for instance. So, you want to be your own boss after a while or maybe not, but you spend a lot of time on personal phone calls or other activities that do not have much to do with the company you work for.
  2. Abusive behaviour: This is mostly from boss/manager to subordinate. A lot of managers use their position to mistreat or disrespect others and there is often no legal protection against abusive behaviour in the workplace because what one person defines as abusive, another sees as ‘verbal motivation’.
  3. Employee theft: You engage in activities that enable you to profit from the company maybe by adding an insignificant mark up on the cost of diesel or stationery. Perhaps you even take some of the company items home without permission and “forget” to bring them back. You use office data to run your side hustle or use office supplies to further your business interests (printer, paper, dispatch riders/drivers to deliver personal items) …I think you get the picture.
  4. Lying to employees: Employers do this a lot knowingly or unknowingly. They make promises that they have no intention of keeping or perhaps they really want to, but the conditions are not favourable, and they do not think it wise to call their employees and have that discussion. Lack of transparency is one of the major causes of trust issues in the workplace.
  5. Violating company policies: The biggest violation on this list is internet policies. It’s all fine and good if your company does not have an internet policy but do you really think it good ethical behaviour to perhaps use company data/systems to check your Facebook page, download those movies or even upload those slay queen/king selfies you spent one hour taking in the restroom?

Having gone through the list above, where do you stand on the spectrum of ethical behaviour? What other activities constitute good or bad ethical behaviour in the workplace? As an individual/organization, what measures do you put in place to curb some of these behaviours? Share in the comments section.

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