Category: Ethics

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Ethics in the Workplace: Anxious Employees May Cause Trouble

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 Connection Between Sleep Deprivation, Caffeine and Self-Control

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.

Leave a Penny, Take a Penny: Effective Giving

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.

Big Decision? Take some time to think about it (IO Psychology)

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

The Makings of Morality: The Factors Behind Ethical Behavior (IO Psychology)

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

Responding to Mistreatment of Others

Topic: Motivation, Human Resource Management, Ethics Publication: Academy of Management Review Article: A Model of Third Parties’ Morally Motivated Responses to Mistreatment in Organizations Authors: O’Reilly, J. & Aquino, K. Reviewer: Rachel Marsh Have you ever noticed a college student being mistreated by someone else in the organization, be it