Unethical Behavior Case Study

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The idea of unethical actions has various meanings, according to the civil service commission of Philippines it is any action which is restricted by the law (ForumPublicPolicy 2014). On the other hand in the dynamic business world there seems to be a’ grey area’ to what is classed as unethical or not as it refers back to the idea or morality. Therefore in order to fully analyse how managers behave unethically, it is essential to understand the deeper meaning behind the word ‘unethical’ itself. The phrase alone is personal among each individual’s beliefs & views for example, ones practise of unethical behaviour may not necessary be seen as unethical amongst others. This is due to several factors such as media deception of certain views which …show more content…
According to their research the single most important factor which leads to unethical behaviour is unrealistic goals set by employees and managers amongst each other (AMA 2006). Consequently the pressure to obtain these goals results in unethical practise from occurring. An example of this may be that the target set is to become the employee of the month and in order to accomplish this the worker may sabotage their colleagues work as a means of appearing as the best. As stated in the findings of HRI the added thought of going unnoticed and facing minor punishments has also aided the cause of unethical conduct as employees feel they are able to escape any sort of discipline. The idea of personal gain intertwined with self-greed has further fuelled unethical practise as human greed is one of the main reasons for unethical behaviour not only in the office but universally. However as stated above, the ability to easily practise this in the work place has made it one of the top reasons (Paul Hofmann 2004). This can be exemplified through an employee who has a contract with a client may be willing to offer them some sort of bonuses in return for a kickback. A kickback is an arranged bribe in which a form of payment is offered to the bribe-taker for the services provided, this can be in many forms but mainly monetary. Following from why employees behave unethically the AMA has given various ways in which this can be tackled, such as the survey results show that the firm can create various policies which include high ethical standards such as integrating business ethics into goals by making sure ethics are a part of the business performance. The support of leadership teams and high quality training to make employees

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