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Category: Ethics

Mark Putnam

Reading your company's technology Acceptable Use Policy might be as interesting as reading the dictionary or your favorite IRS publication. But before you sign it and file it away, take some time to familiarize yourself with it and dig a…

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Mark Putnam

Finally you feel appreciated! On Monday morning you unexpectedly receive a gold, gift-wrapped box from a regular supplier. Inside are gourmet chocolates and a pair of pro basketball tickets. The note reads, "We just want to say thank you. We…

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Mark Putnam

" I could care less!" You've probably heard this expression from a frustrated or apathetic coworker many times before. Think about those four little words and their profound meaning. They not only communicate, "I don't care," but they heap on…

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Mark Putnam

There are times in your professional life where standing up for honest values feels like a lonely place to be. You may be the only one around willing to walk away from a fast buck and stick up for what…

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Mark Putnam

Knowing what's right is critical to good ethics at work. Sounds easy enough, but beyond generalities, it seems impossible for people to agree on what is "right." When debating whether or not an action is ethical, put it to a…

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Mark Putnam

Standing up for your ethical principles takes courage. Courage is the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear. When you see something happening in the workplace that just doesn’t seem right do you have…

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Mark Putnam

What happened to the days when a business transaction was sealed by a handshake and one's word? What did we do before employment contracts, confidentiality agreements, and loyalty pledges? True, these legal instruments serve to protect everyone's interests but no…

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Mark Putnam

Read the business headlines and you'll find ethical crises like embezzlement, fraud, or misuse of company products or services making the headlines. High profile ethical breaches like these all have to do with something near and dear to a company's heart;…

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Mark Putnam

We've all heard the statement, "Ignorance is no excuse." Whether from an angry boss or an IRS agent, getting excused by stating, "But, I didn't know!" is about as good as saying nothing at all. So many ethical crises are…

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Mark Putnam

The last thing people want is a guilt trip. Guilt is like an ethical party crasher that you wish would go away. Even hearing the word "guilt" conjures up negative feelings. But before you dismiss guilt as all bad, take…

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