Here are some unethical issues that I see in the workplace that bug me.
- Using the Expense Reimbursement process as a source of income. Yes, the company allows you to be reimbursed for mileage…but it is not intended for every 2 mile trip to the store. Ask yourself if you are being true to yourself and to the company when you submit that mileage or other frivolous expense.
- Using company supplies for your personal use. If you take home notepads, pens, and post-it notes for your personal use, it is stealing from the company.
- Buying supplies and equipment that are more expensive that you really need. You don’t need personalized stationary if a plain notepad will do. You don’t need an 40 channel digital mixing board if a 10 channel analog one will serve the need. You shouldn’t buy in bulk without a legitimate reason it will be needed.
- Personal use of company property. The company didn’t buy that truck and trailer to make it cheaper for you to move. The company didn’t buy those portable tables for your next picnic.
- Taking home equipment and supplies that are no longer needed. Yes, we dispose of old equipment and supplies. Yes, you can get stuff out of the dumpster with a clear conscience. But, when you are the one deciding to throw things away, you should not be the one taking it home. That is a conflict of interest.
- Company time spent socially or on social media. If I see you posting on Facebook or Twitter while at work…if you spend a lot of time hanging out in the break room…if your lunches are always longer than mine…it tells me you have nothing important to do and are not serious about your work.
- Assuming that someone else will pick up the trash. When people leave dirty dishes in the break room, leftovers in the fridge, a mess in the conference room, trash in the hallways or grounds…they disrespect themselves and their team.
Do you have any to add?
Thanks for listening.