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Ethics Survey Finds Historically Low Rate of Workplace Misdeeds

Joe Mont | February 4, 2014

Workplace misconduct is at an historic low, having steadily and significantly declined since 2007. That's the encouraging news from a new survey released by the Ethics Resource Center.

The center's National Business Ethics Survey, conducted every two years, found that 41 percent of more than 6,400 workers surveyed said they have observed misconduct on the job, down from 55 percent in 2007. The report also found that fewer employees felt pressure to compromise their standards, down to nine percent from 13 percent in 2011.

Extremely serious forms of misconduct were observed less frequently in 2013. Just three percent of employees surveyed said they were aware of misleading information on financial reports; two percent said they observed somebody in their company...

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