What Are Some Of The Most Common Ethical Temptations And Violations In Office Environments?


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In an office environment, some common ethical temptations include embezzling funds, sexual harassment, and privacy violations. In the first ethical temptation, embezzling funds, workers may be tempted to steal money in the form of diverting cheques or funds to other personal accounts. In some office environments, cash may also be stolen from petty cash boxes or other storage containers.

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With regard to the second ethical temptation, sexual harassment, men or women may go too far when they "flirt" with co-workers; when they cross the line, they may set themselves up for a lawsuit. In the third instance, privacy of staff may be violated when personnel files or other private information is viewed by those who don't have the proper permissions.

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In any group environment, troubles will surface now and then, and ethical temptations will be yielded to. A strong management and human resources team is needed to control staff and impose rules that makes yielding to these ethical temptations a very dangerous thing. Often, writing up a staff member for ethical violations will not be enough; in some cases, certain violations may transfer over to the police or to the civil or penal court systems. Most ethical violations of a certain severity will result in reprimands, followed by more warnings and eventual dismissal. In the case of the worst violations of ethics, staff may be fired on the spot, or suspended.

To understand these sorts of ethical violations, a person must understand ethics. Luckily, many business colleges now teach business ethics courses along with their other syllabi. For many modern businesspeople, understanding ethics is the key to surviving in the business world, where political correctness is more important than ever before. More information about ethics is also available on the Internet, through website, blogs, and business writings.

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