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.
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 Publication: Journal of Management (2012) Article: The psychic cost of doing wrong: Ethical conflict, divestiture socialization, and emotional exhaustion Authors: Kammeyer-Mueller, J. D., Simon, L. S., & Rich, B. L. Reviewed By: Katie Bachman It’s sweet, albeit naïve, to think that the ethical training we learned in pursuit
Topic: Decision Making, Ethics Publication: Academy of Management Journal (FEB 2012) Article: Contemplation and conversation: Subtle influences on moral decision making Authors: Gunia, B. C., Wang, L., Huang, L., Wang, J., & Murninghan, J. K. Reviewed By: Katie Bachman In the workplace, important decisions can hinge on the ethical strength
Topic: Ethics Publication: Academy of Management Review Article: Moral maturation and moral conation: A capacity approach to explaining moral thought and action Authors: Hannah, S. T., Avolio, B. J., & May, D. R. Reviewer: Neil Morelli When it comes to identifying unethical behavior in politics, business, and sport, all it