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Lessons from employees who break the rules

Joel Katz | July 5, 2017

One of the most discouraging things about leading a corporate compliance program is having to address, discipline, and sometimes discharge employees who fail to live up to our standards of ethical conduct. I personally find this aspect of the job discouraging because we spend so much time and effort trying to educate our employees on our expectations that any time we see unethical behavior it feels (in some ways) like a failure on our part.

The reality is there are many reasons why employees break the rules. Examining these reasons can be instructive in helping improve your overall compliance program. With that in mind, here are some of the reasons that I’ve heard from employees about why they broke the rules, along with some tips on how you can use this information to improve your own compliance program and messaging to employees.

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