Category: Dilemmas: What Would You Do?

What Would An Ethicist Do: Tell The Truth About The Bake Goods?

The Dilemma: You have been working at a bakery for several years. On the evenings you and your manager close together, you have been divvying up what’s left of the baked goods and taking them home. Both of you have been struggling financially, so the extra food really helps. And, there is no policy against […]

How To Destroy Corporate Bottlenecks: Demonstrate Your Value System

Last month, our CEO, Fulton Breen spoke to the Raleigh-Wake Human Resources Management Association’s monthly meeting, where he covered the topic “Alignment Analytics Point the Way to a Stronger Culture.” In his presentation, he addressed the problem many companies have with implementing their set of values: “Your Code of Conduct is published, your quarterly meetings […]

Your New Client: The Jerk Who Cut You Off

THE QUESTION: While driving to your law firm one morning to meet with a potential new client, you are cut off by a car being driven at a recklessly high speed. As he passes, you see the driver shaking his head in disgust at you. You are furious, but there is nothing you can do. To […]

Danger in a Strong Culture: Shocking Results from a Novareté Alignment Study

I recently had the privilege of attending the CAI Human Resource (HR) Management Conference in Raleigh, NC on March 9-10 2016. Here I saw about 400 HR professionals gather for two days of intense learning, featuring sessions like “How the Best Get Better,” “Authentic Leadership: Defining Your Values/Living Your Mission,” “The Power of One,” and […]

How to Capture Wasted Time at Work

THE QUESTION: Recently you’ve been exhausted and less productive at work because of lack of sleep. You find yourself getting distracted and frequently nodding off. As a part-time employee, you are paid hourly, required to track your work hours, and expected to submit a timesheet biweekly. For your last pay period, you’ve easily wasted two […]

How to Handle Interruptions During Your Training Presentation

THE QUESTION: Your boss has asked you to provide a mandatory training session for all employees on a topic in which you are well versed. Vincent, a colleague who is also an expert on the topic, is upset that he is required to attend the training. During the session Vincent interrupts three times with what amounts […]

Expert Evaluation For “Who Do I Tell About My Promotion Application?”

This dilemma presents a reasonably common workplace situation, where there is a possibility for promotion and the applicant “knows” somebody. In this case, there is a friend on the search committee. The question is, “what to do?”   There is nothing wrong with applying, but the process is important. The goal would be to seek […]

Who Do I Tell About My Promotion Application?

THE QUESTION: The company you work for has a new opening, and you meet the qualifications for it. This position would be a promotion for you. You decide to apply and are confident about your chances. You find out that an internal search committee has been formed to coordinate the search and interview process for this […]

How to Distribute Hard Earned Profit

THE QUESTION: You pay for your college costs 100% by waiting tables while going to college. Another server was assigned to wait a table but you ended up helping that table out quite a bit. The table is lingering and the other server is getting off her shift. She asks you to give her the […]

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In this scenario, the fact that you’re putting yourself through school is morally irrelevant. Your need for the money doesn’t affect your coworker or the customer’s rights and expectations. The question in this scenario is one of Justice. It’s about respecting the will of others and our agreements with them.   The person whose will […]