Category: Dilemmas: What Would You Do?

Expense Reports and Responsibilities: Who Do You Question?

THE QUESTION: You work in the accounting department of a large home improvement company, and a sales manager submits an expense report for a client dinner from the previous evening. Later that week you see the sales manager’s wife in the office speaking with the receptionist. You overhear her tell the receptionist what a lovely […]

Expert Evaluation For “Expense Reports and Responsibilities: Who Do You Question?”,”expert-evaluation-expense-reports-responsibilities-question/02/2016

This dilemma arises from the doubt that the accountant has about the sales manager’s Honesty with regard to expense reports he has submitted, expecting the company to pay for his wife’s dinner. This could be a theft (Do Not Steal). If the sales manager is really dishonest, he will probably do more damage in the […]

How to Correct a Wrong Impression of You at Work

THE QUESTION: You are writing an article on a website which takes advantage of improper sensual advertisements. While you are working on the article, two friends stop by your office. They immediately say, “Oh, sorry Emma. We know you are busy. Just wanted to say hi.” Then they turn and walk away. You get the […]

Expert Evaluation For “How to Correct a Wrong Impression of You at Work”

It is normal to feel ashamed if someone thinks that we are doing something disgraceful. Virtuous people tend to protect their honor and dignity (Shame), and not caring about this is a vice (Shamelessness). In this scenario, Emma is not doing anything wrong, but her friends may think otherwise after getting a glimpse of the […]

Telling a Supervisor About a Huge Mistake You Overheard

THE QUESTION: John is a colleague in your department who is very difficult to work with. He rarely accepts responsibility for his mistakes and constantly blames others. You have been blamed numerous times by him. He is currently working on a project by himself, and you overhear him tell David, another colleague, about it. While […]

Expert Evaluation For “Telling a Supervisor About a Huge Mistake You Overheard”,”expert-evaluation-telling-supervisor-huge-mistake-overheard/01/2016

Sometimes people are unpleasant, and we may be tempted to wait for the right moment in order to “teach them a lesson.” However, this is never a good interior attitude. Instead, we should always try our best to help them be pleasant and understand their mistakes (Caring for Others).   Moreover, the present scenario is […]

Do I Make My Colleague Pay for Her Carelessness?

THE QUESTION: While socializing at a business reception for several important clients, one of your colleagues, Patricia, whom you do not know well, bumps into you while texting on her phone and spills her glass of wine on your new, silk dress. Shockingly, she nonchalantly says, “So sorry, Ann, excuse me. I never even saw […]

Expert Evaluation For “Do I Make My Colleague Pay for Her Carelessness?”,”expert-evaluation-make-colleague-pay-carelessness/01/2016

There are two main conceptual elements that overlap one another in this dilemma. One is Ann’s right to receive a proper apology and compensation for the damage to her dress (Justice). The other is the higher importance of the business reception compared to the “private” issue between Ann and Patricia (Circumspection). Each dedicated employee should […]

Is Being Empathetic a Good Reason to Bend the Rules?

THE QUESTION: You are a college professor and one of your brightest students has started struggling in class. You know that he works practically full time to pay for his education and you respect him because you did the same thing when you were in school. You have been helping him explore financial aid and […]

Expert Evaluation For “Is Being Empathetic a Good Reason to Bend the Rules”,”expert-evaluation-empathetic-good-reason-bend-rules/01/2016

While there is some controversy over the matter, the fact that college grades have been inflated for various reasons over the last few decades is widely recognized (Memory). Moreover, once there is a general lowering of academic standards, additional pressure is put on those who wish to maintain higher standards (Professional Excellence).