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Ethics in the Workplace Scenarios

Analyze 2 of the following ethical scenarios:

1) Although John is an honest employee who never takes money from the company cash box, he uses the company car to run personal errands while making sales-rounds. Is this unethical behavior? If so, why? If not, why not?

2) Noticing her supervisor, a young married man, taking her co-worker, Joanna, who was divorced, home two nights in succession, Diane decided something was going on between them. Without any malicious intent, Diane introduced the matter into the local grapevine and, as so often happens, the rumor got out of hand. Is this unethical behavior? If so, why? If not, why not?

Minimum of 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from scholarly resources, and properly cite any references with APA format.

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1) Although John is an honest employee who never takes money from the company cash box, he uses the company car to run personal errands while making sales-rounds. Is this unethical behavior? If so, why? If not, why not?

Surprisingly, the behavior depends on company policy. Companies do allow employees to use a company vehicle for personal use; however, personal use of the vehicle is a taxable benefit. The employee should check company policy regarding the use of a company vehicle on company time to complete personal errands. Until John understands the company policy the behavior is unethical. After all, he is putting wear-and-tear on the car and the company is ...

Solution Summary

The ethics in the workplace scenarios are examined. Whether behavior is ethical or unethical is determined.

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