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Steven Mintz
United States
My ethics knowledge and wisdom gives me a unique perspective on accounting and business ethics, fraud and whistle-blowing, societal and workplace ethics issues.
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What Should You Do When the Boss Wants You to Do Something Unethical? It happens from time to time that your boss may ask you to do something that you know in your gut is wrong. You probably feel compelled to do it to avoid a negative reaction from your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
The Psychological Effects of Using Social Media Research from Harvard University[1] suggests that sharing information about ourselves on social media fires up the pleasure centers of our brains and may shed light on the roots of social media addiction. Activities such as creating a personal blog, making a You Tube video, downloading pictures on Instagram, and using the Snapchat mobile app to capture videos and pictures that self-destruct after a few seconds all stimulate the pleasure center of our brains. According to the research, these activities are positively associated with overall well-being, including life satisfaction, mental and physical heath, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Thanks for the kind words.
Yes, and the culture of the company needs to set an ethical direction. Codes of ethics are often filed away and not used to set ethical standards in a meaningful way.
This is true. Organizational justice should insure that everyone is treated fairly.
What is your opinion on the matter? Are women more ethical?
Do you have any specific statistics to share? I'd love to pass it along to my readers.
They are and putting them together increases the chance of ethical behavior or consequences for breaking the rules.
Yes, it is a serious problem.
True enough.
Thanks for reading.
Yes, conflicts need to be nipped in the bud before they get out of hand.
Yes, and I think professors have to take more responsibility for making sure it does not happen. I see, all too often, a benign neglect on this issue.
Toggle Commented Jun 30, 2017 on Culture of Cheating in College at Ethics Sage
Good question, Charlie. I think the jury is still out on your question. Long-term studies are needed and the availability of marijuana for recreational purposes is just starting to become the norm in many places.
Why Do Students Cheat Cheating in our schools has become commonplace. About 70 percent of high-school students reported they have cheated. Ninety percent admit to having copied student’s homework. The rate of students who admit to cheating at least once in their college careers has held steady at somewhere around 75 percent since the first major survey on cheating in higher education in 1963. With an increasingly competitive atmosphere and a culture that is more accepting of cheating than it was in past generations, cheating has become a somewhat expected phenomenon at universities across the country. College administrators largely seem... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Ethical Issues in the Workplace The ethical culture of an organization says a lot about what a company values. Ethics codes are one way to express the prevailing values and outlines guideposts to get to that goal. Unfortunately, many companies pay lip-service to such documents. They do not guide actions... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
A Basic Duty to Yourself and Others What does it mean to be a person of “good will” and why is it important? These are the questions I look at in today’s blog. An important part of Immanuel Kant’s theory of ethics is the Categorical Imperative. The Categorical Imperative determines the moral validity for a particular action: “Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law.” The “maxim” of our acts can be thought of as the reason behind our acts. This version of the Categorical Imperative... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Thank you for reading.
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Of course, the question is how a doctor should deal with them in the context of PAD.
I agree. It shows kindness and one's heart and a sense of community to others.
Toggle Commented Jun 15, 2017 on The Ethics of Kindness at Ethics Sage
Medical Ethics and End-of-Life Decisions Morality depends on the cognitive dimension of our behavior or our thought processes – the way we conceptualize right or wrong and make decisions and reason about how we should behave. Moral issues concern both behavior and conduct. They arise when people are faced with such questions as: “What should I do (or not do)?” “How should I act?” “What kind of person should I be?” Ethics differs from morals and morality in that ethics deals with standards of goodness or rightness whereas morals refer to a system of beliefs about what is considered to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Thanks. You may want to read other comments on this piece.
Where and When Do We Use Ethics? The Golden Rule is a common-sense principle of how we should behave. It can apply to all areas of our lives: How should we interact and communicate with others in our personal lives? How should we behave in the workplace? How should we conduct ourselves on social media? These are all questions that speak to what is and is not ethical. Consider the following common-sense examples of how being ethical can improve your life and the lives of others. Keep quiet in the theater while a movie is playing. Listen when people speak... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2017 at Ethics Sage