When it comes to business ethics, there’s good news and there’s bad news. Despite what you may see in the headlines, observed misconduct in US workplaces has reached historic lows and more employees than ever before are blowing the whistle on workplace misconduct. Unfortunately, retaliation claims have risen sharply at the same time.
With an increasing number of employees reporting a weak ethical culture in their organizations, it’s clear that things still need to change.
2011 National Business Ethics Survey
We put together an inforgraphic based on the findings from the 2011 National Business Ethics Survey conducted by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC). The survey is published every two years and takes a look at business ethics from an employee perspective. Over the years, the findings from the survey have been used to identify trends and the factors that impact business ethics, offering suggestions and steps companies can take to reinforce their commitment to ethics. In 2011, the survey looked at:
- The economy’s influence on ethical behavior
- [isight-ad]Levels of observed and reported workplace misconduct
- Ethics challenges facing active social networkers
- Retaliation against whistleblowers
- Ethics culture within an organization
- Employee confidence in management
Articles About the 2011 NBES
The Cost Of “Doing The Right Thing”
– Patricia Harned, President, Ethics Resource Center, Huffington Post
Whistleblowers face most corporate retaliation ever in 2011
– Tiffany Hsu, LA Times
Survey Sees Less Misconduct But More Reporting And Retaliation
-Samuel Rubenfeld, WSJ Corruption Currents
Study: Social networkers have more ethics problems at work
– Colleen Taylor, GigaOM
Ethics Study: More Employees Report Seeing Illegal Donations
– Janie Lorber, Roll Call
Workplace Snitching: If You See Something, Should You Say Something?
– Meghan Casserly, Forbes
Workers Report Pressure on Ethics Rules in Survey
– Holly Rosenkrantz, Bloomberg
Some Good News and Bad News From The Ethics Resource Center’s 2011 National Business Ethics Survey
– Christopher Bauer, Christopher Bauer’s Ethics Nexus
Are Business Ethics Improving or Declining?
– Steven Mintz, Ethics Sage
Retaliation Against Whistleblowers Jumped in 2011 Says New Study
– Dana Liebelson, POGO
Survey Forecasts ‘Looming Ethics Downturn’ in Corporate America
– Michael Connor, Business Ethics