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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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Mark Putnam

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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Mark Putnam

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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Mark Putnam

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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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

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

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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