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Oden 1 Catherine Oden Business Ethics What Are Corporations Doing to Prevent Unethical Behavior? Workplace Ethics is a subject that we have all heard of. In fact, the subject of Ethics in general is something that most people are familiar with. Ethics are standards of behavior within a group or society that indicate how we should behave to achieve the moral goals upon which the society places importance. (www.ethics.org/page/about-erc) Ethics are related to how we act and interact with others, and so are external in nature. These vary from society to society, but individuals within the society are expected to maintain these standards. If they do not, there is often a social price to pay. So what then are workplace ethics? Ethical behavior in the workplace is behavior that is accepted as morally correct, rather than incorrect. Unethical behavior can be considered illegal, or merely against the norms of society. Employees encounter ethical decisions every day in the workplace, whether they realize it or not. But what some people have yet to understand is ethics are the same whether in the workplace or in personal life.
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Oden 2 According to a Hudson survey on workplace ethics--Nearly a third or 31 percent of U.S. workers have witnessed co-workers engage in ethical misconduct. However, only half about 52 percent of those witnessing unethical or illegal acts reported it to anyone in authority. Nearly eight in ten U.S. workers about 78 percent state that their companies clearly communicate what they consider unethical and ethical behavior in the workplace. (Hudson Survey Workplace Ethics) So the question arises what are corporations doing to address these issues?
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