Given the right circumstances, good people can get caught up in some very bad things. More often than not, psychology is to blame. When it comes to unethical behavior, good people don’t tend to go right off the deep end … Continue reading 14 Psychological Forces That Make Good People Do Bad Things
The National Business Ethics Survey (NBES), periodically published by the Ethics Resource Center, is the pre-eminent source of information about workplace conduct through the eyes of employees themselves. In the most recent survey, 41 percent of workers surveyed said they observed misconduct on the job. Of those who said they observed misconduct only 63 percent said they reported what they saw. Based on this survey, what could that mean for us in DOT? If you take 6,500 as an average number of employees, 2,665 could have observed misconduct. Of those, 1,678 people would have made some form of report – … Continue reading As many as 987 of you may have observed misconduct during the past 12 months and not made a report
Robert Frost famously wrote, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.” Sebastian Junger, the author of Tribe, said the word “tribe” is harder to define than home. He suggests we … Continue reading Tribal Values
In the August 2016 Examiner, we posted an article on Ethics and indicated our office had begun an evaluation of department employees’ awareness of the Ethics Policy and its requirements. This is a follow–up to the previous article. Continue reading Determining the Department’s Ethical Environment
In contrast to all the good ethics Galen Erso demonstrates in considering the impact his actions will have on humanity, the Galactic Empire ignores the consequences of their actions. Continue reading Star Wars Helps Deliver the Message!
Chris Bauer helps organizations prevent potentially costly ethical problems. I routinely receive his simple and straightforward reminders on ethics by email. Chris has allowed us to reprint his copy written article below on a topic that we always like to help reinforce. Accepting incentives or inducements for personal gain in the context of a public employee is serious. Terms such as receipt of gratuities, bribery, kickbacks, or unlawful compensation, helps illustrate this point. Remember to protect yourselves by following the provisions of the department’s Ethical Conduct Policy, 001-010-020. The Ethics of Seduction by Induction Whether it’s goods, services or … Continue reading The Ethics of Seduction by Induction