In recent memory, we’ve seen seemingly well-intentioned CEOs engage in unethical behavior that eventually leads to organizational ruin. Why do they do it? Don’t these executives stand to lose the most from organizational failure? After all, their lives and reputations are most intertwined with the company. Fortunately, a groundbreaking theory is beginning to make sense of this baffling situation.
Employees are faced with anxiety producing events every day: securing new clients, important meetings with bosses, interacting with difficult coworkers. Yet, these events can lead to more than just uncomfortable feelings, they may also affect ethics in the workplace. Recent research shows that anxious employees may be more likely to engage in unethical behavior than employees in a relaxed state.
The term “corporate ethics” might send a shiver up the spine of many high-level executives. Illegal activities can send anybody to jail, no matter how white their collar. But there’s more to ethics than avoiding punishment. New research shows that organizations stand to gain immensely through ethical behavior, especially through the behavior of employees. How can organizations position themselves to take advantage of the benefits of being ethical?
So, how many cups of coffee have you had today? New research shows that ingesting caffeine actually makes it less likely that sleep deprived employees will behave unethically in the workplace. The study also uncovered the nefarious role played by co-workers acting unethically, and showed how they can make sleep deprived people do more bad things.
A cup of morning coffee is a workplace tradition that dates back to before the Industrial Revolution. A new study on “The Role of Caffeine and Social Influence” suggests that coffee, sodas, and energy drinks may play an important role in helping sleep-deprived individuals by giving them the extra boost they need to exert better self-control and avoid unethical behavior.
Generous employees can contribute to a business climate that is profitable, productive, and efficient. The same charitable personality type that gives more than they get often finds forming strong bonds with customers and co-workers a snap. But it is possible to be too generous. Adam Grant offers some suggestions for effective giving.
In a recent study, Mayer, et al. (2013) examined how ethical leadership and coworker is associated with employees reporting unethical behavior. They found that ethical behavior amongst employees is related to the tone set by ethical leaders and coworkers.
Topic: Ethics, Judgement Publication: Judgment and Decision Making Article: Is that the answer you had in mind? The effect of perspective on unethical behavior Authors: Schurr, A., Ritov, I., Kareev, Y., and Avrahami, J. Reviewer: Neil Morelli When someone makes a “bad” or unethical decision inside or outside the workplace,