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“You’re Asking Me  to do What?!?” Dr. Joe Brennan, APR University at Buffalo      SUNYCUAD      June, 2009
A crisis of ethics?One in three workers observes misconduct:   •   Lying   •   Withholding needed information   •   Abuse ...
A crisis of ethics?Two in five workers don’t report misconduct• Fear being viewed as a troublemaker or a snitch• Fear reta...
A crisis of ethics?One in eight workers reports pressure to compromise ethical standards• Two-thirds say pressure is from ...
What HR managers say:• More than 50% see workplace misconduct• 12% see “regular pressure” to break rules• Misconduct twice...
Employees care about ethics   • Ethics are “important reason” why they     continue to work for their current     employer...
View from the top“Senior and middle managers’ perceptions  about ethics in their organizations are  consistently more posi...
“At what point does this become our problem?”
Why should we care?When leaders, supervisors and coworkers model ethical behavior, employees …• Feel less pressure to comm...
Why should we care?“The foundation of our value to our companies, clients and those we serve is their ability to rely on o...
What “causes” ethical behavior?Two schools of thought1. “Deontological” – inner norms2. “Teleological” – external conseque...
“Everyone lies son. There’s just different pay scales.”
“Let me get back to you. I’ve got an office fullof people right now.”
Many factors influence choicesEthical conduct determined by . . .1. Social and peer group expectations2. Organization’s no...
Professional codes of ethics• PRSA Member Code of Conduct• CASE Statement of Ethics
8 steps for ethical decision-making1.   Gather the facts.2.   Define the ethical issues.3.   Identify the affected parties...
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  1. 1. “You’re Asking Me to do What?!?” Dr. Joe Brennan, APR University at Buffalo SUNYCUAD June, 2009
  2. 2. A crisis of ethics?One in three workers observes misconduct: • Lying • Withholding needed information • Abuse or intimidation • Misreporting hours worked • DiscriminationEthics Resource Center, National Survey of Business Ethics,2000
  3. 3. A crisis of ethics?Two in five workers don’t report misconduct• Fear being viewed as a troublemaker or a snitch• Fear retaliation• 40% of those who do report wrongdoing are not satisfied with organization’s response
  4. 4. A crisis of ethics?One in eight workers reports pressure to compromise ethical standards• Two-thirds say pressure is from supervisors, co- workers
  5. 5. What HR managers say:• More than 50% see workplace misconduct• 12% see “regular pressure” to break rules• Misconduct twice as frequent in organizations with regular pressure Ethics Resource Center/Society for Human Resources Management 1997
  6. 6. Employees care about ethics • Ethics are “important reason” why they continue to work for their current employers. • 90 percent want organization “to do what is right, not just what is profitable.”Ethics Resource Center, National Survey of Business Ethics,2000
  7. 7. View from the top“Senior and middle managers’ perceptions about ethics in their organizations are consistently more positive than those of lower level employees.” Ethics Resource Center, 2000
  8. 8. “At what point does this become our problem?”
  9. 9. Why should we care?When leaders, supervisors and coworkers model ethical behavior, employees …• Feel less pressure to commit misconduct• Report higher overall satisfaction
  10. 10. Why should we care?“The foundation of our value to our companies, clients and those we serve is their ability to rely on our ethical and morally acceptable behavior.”PRSA Board of Directors, 2000
  11. 11. What “causes” ethical behavior?Two schools of thought1. “Deontological” – inner norms2. “Teleological” – external consequences
  12. 12. “Everyone lies son. There’s just different pay scales.”
  13. 13. “Let me get back to you. I’ve got an office fullof people right now.”
  14. 14. Many factors influence choicesEthical conduct determined by . . .1. Social and peer group expectations2. Organization’s norms and standards3. Individual’s beliefs and values Linda K. Treviño & Katherine A. Nelson, Managing Business Ethics: Straight Talk About How To Do It Right, 1995
  15. 15. Professional codes of ethics• PRSA Member Code of Conduct• CASE Statement of Ethics
  16. 16. 8 steps for ethical decision-making1. Gather the facts.2. Define the ethical issues.3. Identify the affected parties.4. Identify the consequences.5. Identify the obligations.6. Consider your character and integrity.7. Think creatively about potential actions.8. Check your gut.Source: Treviño & Nelson
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