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Workplace Ethics on the Decline?

Reese Darragh | January 17, 2012

A Recent study of ethics at companies across the country reveals early warning signs of a potentially significant decline in ethics on the horizon.

According to the National Business Ethics Survey conducted recently by the Ethics Resource Center, negative indicators include a sharp rise in instances of retaliation against employees who blow the whistle, more pressure on employees to compromise standards to complete their jobs, and a growing number of companies that are considered to have weak ethics cultures.

“We were surprised with all the findings,” says Patricia Harned, president of the Ethics Resource Center “They are very different from our expectations,” she says. Harned says she had expected the results to paint a more positive picture of workplace ethics, given the increased focus by companies on compliance issues over the past two years.

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