INSTRUCTIONS: Please RESPOND to this answer from the Point of view as a student. Use credible sources and respond as if you are a member of a marketing agency. Tell this student what your agency would think of each of these answers:
Ethics violations are common in the workplace for a number of reasons. An example that immediately leapt to mind, and other students have addressed, is the issue of Wells Fargo. Violations of an ethical code can occur in situations like the prominent bank’s, in which upper management expects and rewards unrealistic behavior, essentially encouraging employees for acting poorly (Egan, 2016). Carpenter and Sanders explain, “…the larger the reward, the more some people are willing to compromise their standards” (2008, p. 58). Other occurrences of unethical behavior can occur because of distributed responsibility and employees believing someone else will blow the whistle or would be more equipped to report the activity (Carpenter & Sanders, 2008). Another cause is often obedience to authority, in which employees obey the upper management team despite the ethics of the behavior, and a false consensus, in which team members convince each other than the behavior isn’t actually unethical (Hoyk & Hersey, 2009).
It is interesting to note that these items are not necessarily threats to decision making, as biases are, but are instead subverted, unethical attempts at rational thinking. It is, indeed, rational to think that another employee may be more qualified to blow the whistle on bad behavior. However, it is still not correct. To induce employees to think rationally and ethically, firms must have ethics standards and means of implementing them. This includes empowering employees to speak up against unethical behavior.