Researchers examine how performance is impacted when someone is designated to engage in unethical or illegal behavior on behalf of a team.
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.
Psychologists have identified a host of managerial styles that may result in positive organizational outcomes. But what is the role of ethical leadership? Is it even a real thing, or is it just some wishy-washy feel-good concept? Fortunately, a new study shows that ethical leadership is real, distinct, and can lead your employees and organization to success.
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?
Unethical employees can be a major problem at work, but not good old co-worker Steve; He’s usually a pretty decent guy. However, today Steve is faced with a moral dilemma: Should he steal Amy’s tasty turkey sandwich that is sitting unattended in the fridge? New research shows that because Steve was just excluded from an interesting lunch-time discussion, it might make him more likely to commit the crime. But why?
What is the role of emotion in the workplace? Of course, at the time of publication, our workplaces are not yet staffed entirely by robots, so emotion will probably play at least a minor role. But have you considered how leaders can harness the power of emotion to help productively influence their employees? Once again, new research shows the way!
If you are an employee who witnesses your customers constantly acting unethically, it might start to bother you. But did you also know that it could lead you to emotional exhaustion, work-family conflict, and other problems that affect you and your organization? Unethical behavior is difficult to stop, but how can we protect our employees from its harmful effects?