MGMT 314 Week 1 Forum - What are the most common types of...

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What are the most common types of unethical behaviors in organizations? The the most common types of unethical behaviors experienced in organizations are: the abuse of company resources, abuse of employees, lying, email/internet abuse, conflicts of interest, discrimination, benefit violations, privacy breach, improper hiring, and falsifying time/ expenses (Collins, 2011, p 6 & 7). Initially, these activities would seem obviously unethical and unacceptable; however, if one were to look at the number one unethical practice known, abuse of company resources, it would become understandable as to why this occurs. Anyone who has ever utilized company resources (office supplies is the first thing that comes to mind) for non-company-related activities, then the action is unethical. For example: John Doe uses his work printer to print out birthday invitations for his son’s 12thbirthday party. Assuming the company has paid for the printer, ink, and paper, John is essentially misappropriating the company’s resources it needs to conduct daily business. Obviously, John does not intend malicious behavior by using these resources and morallydoes no harm. Ethically, however, John has acted in a way that (on a larger scale) can cause damage to the company.In what ways do unethical behaviors increase organizational costs? What are they?Taking the example of John Doe’s printing of birthday party invites while at work, using company resources, John is costing the company more money. There is the obvious ramification of the need to purchase a higher amount of materials (e.g., paper and ink) but there is also the cost of employee pay. John is paid to do a specific job and is allotted a specific amount of time to accomplish his job each day, generally eight hours. If John is spending his work hours, assuming he is not doing this during his breaks, printing invites then he is not doing what he is being paid to do. It would then take him longer to accomplish the tasks he is supposedto be doing.When it comes to spending money on unethical behavior, office supplies can be the least of a business’s worries as “the most direct cost is lost business” (Collins, 2011, p 10). Clients

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