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Do The Right Thing

Put your business on the ethical up and up.
August 1, 1998
URL: http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/16206

An alarming number of people are feeling driven by pressures in the workplace to act unethically or even illegally on the job. A recent study, Sources and Consequences of Workplace Pressure, conducted by the American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters & Chartered Financial Consultants and the Ethics Officers Association, an organization of ethics officers from major corporations, found that 56 percent of the workers surveyed feel some pressure to act unethically or illegally in their jobs, and 48 percent reported they had engaged in one or more unethical or illegal actions during the past year.

That doesn't mean your work force is essentially dishonest, says Edward H. Miller III, the society's president and president of Miller & Associates Inc., an insurance firm in Indianapolis. He offers the following advice:

Miller believes in second chances, compassionate management, and helping people who have made mistakes move forward. Even so, he says, "There is a point where the ultimate responsibility lies with the individuals."

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American Society of Chartered Life Underwriters & Chartered Financial Consultants, 270 Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr, PA 19019, (610) 526-1000