Posts Tagged Ethics

In the job market, we’ve all come to accept a little bit of exaggeration.

May 8, 2015


A brick tossed through the window with the note “I quit” sent a pretty clear message.

So did the sugar-coated message from another employee—a cake with a resignation letter written in icing on top.

Then there was the worker who couldn’t be bothered with composing an entire letter and left a sticky note to announce he was quitting.

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February 26, 2015


Well, there are now fewer calls to the phone banks of plaintiffs’ lawyers’ as most problems resulting from holiday parties already have been raised.  But plaintiffs’ lawyers have no fear: there will be a salvo of calls after Valentine’s Day.  And that reminds me of a story.

It is 9:00 a.m.  A secretary reports to her desk.  Waiting for her is a sealed card.

The secretary opens the envelope and it is a Valentine's Day card from her manager.  Having undergone sensitivity training, the manager signs it "fondly" as opposed to "lovingly."

February 10, 2015

NEW YORK—As companies expand globally, communications officers and human resource professionals should play a key role in driving employee engagement and establishing principles necessary for an organization to responsibly achieve its goals. Clear and consistent communication from leaders—especially HR—to employees is necessary to create that ethical culture in the workplace.

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May 27, 2014

Some of managers’ worst job-interview slip-ups happen as the interviewers are innocently trying to break the ice and get applicants to relax, according to Barbara Hoey, an attorney at Kelley Drye in New York City.


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March 14, 2014

Is it gossip to spread the news that Ted and Rachel are getting married before Ted and Rachel have announced so publicly?
Is it gossip to speculate whether Carol in accounting is expecting her second child?

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March 3, 2014

On February 12, @WeKnowNext chatted with Jonathan Segal (@Jonathan_HR_Law) about Romance, Lust and Litigation in the Workplace.

In case you missed this informative and interesting chat, you can read all the great tweets here


February 12, 2014

These survey findings examine workplace romance policies and the organizations’ response to romantic relationships in the workplace. The percentage of organizations with written workplace romance policies has doubled since 2005. Few organizations currently have “love contracts” in place; these contracts are signed by employees involved in a workplace romance and indicate that the relationship is consensual.

February 11, 2014

Shifty eyes? Crossed arms? Gaps in the resume? 

To some, these things might signal that an employee or job applicant isn’t being entirely forthcoming. But detecting deception requires more than familiarity with body language or red flags on applications, HR experts say. 

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January 28, 2014

On January 22, @weknownext chatted with special guest Nisha Raghavan (@TheHRBuddy) about the topic "Trust in the Workplace."

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:


January 22, 2014

Plaintiffs’ lawyers were falling over themselves last week in a race to the courthouse to sue Target as a result of its recent data breach. By at least one report, over 40 lawsuits have already been filed against Target, the first of which was filed the day after the breach became public.

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January 22, 2014

"The surest way to make employees untrustworthy is to distrust them -- and to show it." - Henry Stimson

January 21, 2014

Job applicants made to dance—for a non-dancing job. A grocery sacker serenading shoppers. An employee getting a tattoo of the company logo to snare a raise.

You couldn’t make these incidents up. OK, you could, but they’d be mistaken for old episodes of “The Office” or “Seinfeld,” instead of real stories of things gone awry in the workplace.

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December 31, 2013

If your office is packed with employees earning more than $100,000 a year, here’s the good news: Your company is more likely than others to host a holiday party, serve alcohol at an open bar and offer transportation to those who overindulge.
Here’s the bad news: Your organization is least likely to enforce rules about party behavior, and your workers are most inclined to act inappropriately during the festivities and then be disciplined for it later on.

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December 2, 2013

It’s small, it weighs very little, and it has the potential to disrupt millions of workplaces.

Google Glass is that cool new toy you’ve been hearing about. A lightweight band worn like regular glasses that features a camera and a small display screen, Glass can take videos, display directions and browse the Internet. It can even be operated by voice command.

Possibilities for workplace benefits are beginning to emerge: Surgeons can get real time data while tending to a patient. Businesses can capture even more data about customers and their buying habits.

November 26, 2013

As companies around America drag out the lights, consult with caterers and order booze for their annual holiday parties, know that once the celebrations are over, more than one in three employers will report that the festivities got out of hand.

It could be that a worker used the mistletoe as an excuse to get frisky with a colleague, or a few tipsy employees exchanged heated words—or even came to blows.

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November 25, 2013
She shows up to the interview in a tidy dark suit, polished pumps, understated pearls, studious-looking spectacles—and a head bursting with fuzzy, matted black-and-blond dreadlocks.

In her world her hair is a social statement—a rejection of conventional, Western mainstream beauty standards.
In your world she looks like a Hydra.

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November 22, 2013

For the past six years, my Thanksgiving Day routine has gone something like this: get coffee at Starbucks, grab breakfast at McDonalds for the kids, fill the tank at the Shell gas station, buy a pack of Trident and hit the road to spend a perfect day with family. These businesses had real live people working there. I am curious as to why we are so mad when retailers decide to start their “Black Friday” sales on Thanksgiving evening.  With so many other industries open on this day, why are we mad at retail?

November 19, 2013

Kindness, real kindness, fosters trust. Kindness is not about saying the right things or being polite, it is about showing through your actions genuine caring and respect. – Lori Ada Kilty 

November 13th is World Kindness Day, recognized around the world as a day for people to be kind. In 1998, the World Kindness Movement initiated this day of celebration to encourage everyone to make a little extra effort to be kind to one another.

November 13, 2013