When an ethical crisis arises, it can be difficult to know how to handle the situation. As a manager, what are your obligations? What should you do when faced with this type of dilemma? In today’s blog post we will discuss some of the most common ethical dilemmas and provide advice for how you can handle them in the future.
First, let’s start with the most common ethical dilemma in workplace settings: a coworker stealing from a company. If you have noticed that one of your co-workers is taking money or merchandise without authorization and isn’t turning it over to the designated company representative, what should you do? The first thing to consider when faced with this type of issue is whether they are still capable of doing their job properly. A good rule of thumb would be if they can fulfill all their requirements for work without any moral qualms then there may not be an urgent need to approach them about it; but if your position requires intimate knowledge and physical access (like an IT specialist) then this may constitute as more than just petty theft which warrants immediate intervention.