Essay: Unethical Behavior in the Workplace
A significant example that causes unethical behavior particularly in the workplace is conflicting roles. In some occupations, situations may arise whereby people may be required to play various roles that may involve competing demands, resulting to internal conflict that may force workers to resolve them through engaging in unethical behavior, for example lying. This very easily occurs in the nursing profession, whereby professional nurses are taught of the importance of patient education as a fundamental aspect of the nursing profession. Such an expectation may conflict with the orders given by the physician, or can be difficult to implement because of paperwork and time pressures that force nurses to be away from their patients (Trevino & Nelson, 2010, p 274-275).
A research study was recently carried out to determine the response of nurses to various scenarios, and it was established that some cases placed professional nurses in role-conflict situations. Some nurses reported that they would more likely lie through misreporting their behavior on a patient’s chart. Linda K. Trevino and Katherine A. Nelson in Managing Business Ethics (2010, p 275) examine this issue and assert that such type of dishonesty can be avoided by minimizing conflicting role demands, otherwise there is bound to be conflict between workers and the managers, or among the workers themselves.