Unethical Workplace Behaviors
Lying is a trait that is detested in and outside the workplace. It kills trust, affects relationships and may even put people in trouble.
There are different situations where employees lie in the workplace—with just one lie opening the floor for many others. It could be a sales manager lying about the number of clients they were able to get in a month or an employee calling in sick just to attend another job interview.
A lot of employees start lying from their CV, by adding experiences they didn’t acquire, and the skills they don’t have. Employees need to understand that lying about work may eventually get them in trouble and needs to stop before they lose their job.
However, we notice that employees lie due to fear of their employer—an employee will call in sick to go for interviews because companies frown against employees interviewing at another company. HR should put up a more friendly culture that will encourage people to progress in their careers taking up other jobs and even support them throughout the process.
- Taking Credit for Others Hard Work
It is very common for managers to take credit for their team member’s hard work when reporting to the management. A team member may have brought an idea that helped the sales team improve their sales by 200%.
However, when giving a report, the manager doesn’t mention the team member’s name but claims the idea as his. Employees need to reduce the use of “I”, but embrace the use of ” We”.
By taking credit for another person’s work, you will be denying the person a promotion, bonus or commendation for a job well done. This will discourage the person from sharing ideas that will benefit the company in the future.
- Verbal Harassment/Abuse
Employees need to stay away from using foul language on coworkers in and out of the workplace. This is very important when dealing with customers.
Customers are known to get angry and may result in verbal abuse due to a bad product or service. They may even get insult you when they are at fault.
As a customer care representative, salesperson or any other employee, it is beth important that you don’t use abusive words on customers no matter how provoked.
Similar to verbal harassment, employees should not be violent when dealing with coworkers and customers. Customers may likely provoke you, but it is better to keep shut and walk away rather than turn violent.
- Non-Office Related Work
A lot of employees have side hustles which they use to supplement salaries. This is very good and only very few companies are against employees working to make money outside work hours.
However, some employees still do non-office related work during office hours. Employees who have side hustles should try doing them on weekends or employing other people to handle some of the business logistics to avoid eating into office hours to get the work done.
- Extended Breaks
Companies give lunch breaks to employees and people take advantage of these breaks to do other things outside office work like, go for interviews, meet with friends or even work on their side hustles. They are free to do whatever they want these lunch breaks.
Employees, however, take advantage of these lunch breaks and extend them beyond time.
Some employees are known for diverting company funds into their bank accounts—padding project quotations, invoices, etc. to deceive the company on how much was spent on particular projects.
This act is detrimental to the company because employees who steal sometimes replace quality products with counterfeits which are cheaper but causes damage in the future.
- Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is an offense that is not limited to the workplace alone. An employee accused of sexual harassment will not only face consequences in the workplace but also tried at a court of law.
Many companies have a zero-tolerance rate for sexual harassment in and outside the workplace. This may tarnish the company’s reputation and the only way to curb is to make an example of defaulters.
- Corrupt Practices
Some common causes of corruption can be seen during the employment process of an organization. They invite so many people to send their CVs and come for interviews but only people with the same political affiliation with them get the job.
This is also common with companies that ask for contractors to bid for a project but the employees will only give them to their friends who may not even bid at all.
Management/Employers Unethical Behaviors
Workplace ethics is not for employees alone. Employers are also bound to workplace ethics and may also be tried for unethical behavior.
- Sex for Job/Promotion
It is common for managers, employers and major decision-makers to use their position in the workplace to influence the hiring decision in exchange for sex.
- Late Night Out/Unpaid Overtime
Some employers take advantage of desperate job seekers and the competitive job market to use employees’ leisure time as they wish. They do so with the mentality that they are doing employees a favor by employing them, not knowing that the favor is mutual.
Employees who are scared of queries or job loss are not able to protest the infringement into their private time by the employer.
- Verbal Harassment
It is common among employers to verbally harass employees when they make little mistakes. This will reduce employee morale and productivity.
Employers should always say kind words to their employees.
- Undue Pressure
Deadlines are a great way to make sure the work gets done on time. However, when employees are placed under undue pressure, they end up trading quality for on-time delivery.
An example of undue pressure will be giving an employee a 1-day deadline for a project that would normally take a week.
This is a common type of corruption that happens in the workplace. An employee who has been working hard for years while influencing company growth may get sidelined for a promotion because of another employee who is a family friend, family, or friend of the employer. Things like this are what reduce employee morale or even push talented employees to dropping a resignation.
- Unfriendly Work Environment
One of the things that can mar productivity is an unfriendly working environment. This may come as a combination of abusive bosses, lack of commendation, nepotism, etc. An unfriendly environment is an environment that combines various unethical behaviors into one.
- Unrealistic Expectations
Creatives usually have it worse when it comes to having unrealistic expectations from employees.