Workplace ethics is a standard of acceptable behavior
on the job. It is a set of rules by which to judge decisions and conduct
in the workplace. Conducting business in both an ethical and profitable
way is a balance that has become increasingly more challenging. Many
corporate leaders who fail to act ethically have been prosecuted and
incarcerated. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (SOX) and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines are attempts
by Congress to legislate ethical behavior in the workplace. These
laws require that employers take action to comply or face stiff penalties.
Even employers that are not subject to ethics laws should take concrete
steps to encourage ethical and profitable behavior in the workplace
by building an effective ethics program and utilizing well-crafted
ethics policies and ethics training programs.
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