Leonard DiCaprio's Wolf of Wall Street is a bit late. Despite the economic rebound, research shows that behaving badly in business is down for the eighth year in a row.
A report from The Ethics Resource Center (ERC), a 90-year-old non-profit, surveyed 6400 part-and full-time workers finding that 41% had observed misconduct in their offices last year. That's down from 45% in 2011 and from 55% at the highest point six years ago. The president of the ERC, Patricia Hamed, says that more companies are doing what they need to do.
The following is a summary of some of the relevant findings from 2013 contrasted with 2011 from the ERC's survey:
- Lying to employees, 17%, down from 20%.
- Violating company policies related to internet use, 12%, down from16%.
- Abusive behavior toward employees, 18%, down from 21%.
- Lying to customers, vendors, or the public, 10%, down from 12%.
- Abusing substances such as drugs or alcohol, 9%, down from 11%.
- Sexual harassment, 7%, down from 11%.
- Breaching customer or consumer privacy, 5%, down from 7%.
- Falsifying and/or manipulating financial reporting info, 3%, down from 5%.
Dr. Hamed indicated ...