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Author: Mark Putnam

Mark Putnam

Honest, hard-working, friendly people are hot commodities in the workplace. With luck and good recruiting, these people may just walk in the door. In any event, employers do all kinds of things to promote wholesome values within their workforce. But…

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Mark Putnam

Read through the company's code of conduct and it won't take long to find a statement that seems to insult your intelligence. "Stealing company owned equipment is prohibited." After scanning (not reading) several pages of these profound proclamations, you sign-off…

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From Nixon to Enron, we still haven't learned the timeless ethical principle that says, "A cover-up always makes the situation worse." Most kids learned this lesson after a failed attempt to superglue mom's favorite lamp back together following an indoor…

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How many hats do you wear? By day you work hard serving your customers, solving problems, and being a part of your company’s team. By night you may change character into an entrepreneur or part-time worker somewhere else. Maybe you…

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To download or not to download the song or software? To give back the accidental refund or not? To lie or not to lie? These are issues of conscience. They are the classic battles of right versus wrong waged in…

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A self-disciplined life makes the job of good workplace ethics more attainable. Self-discipline has always been one of those elusive character traits that your parents, coaches, or teachers have tried to instill in you for as long as you can…

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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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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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" 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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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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