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Workplace ethics rub off on employees

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Your boss and co-workers may be more important than your morals in deciding whether or not you report unethical behavior at work.

The harsh reality, researchers say, is that those who speak up about unethical conduct are often ignored, or worse, retaliated against. So given the risks associated with blowing the whistle, when an employee witnesses unethical behavior will he or she report it?

“Our findings contradict conventional wisdom that the personal characteristics of an employee drive his or her decision to speak up,” says David Mayer, assistant professor of management and organizations at the University of Michigan.

Full story at Futurity.

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