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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.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Thanks for your comment. The item you refer to came from the same citation as the referenced Corporate Compliance Insights. I should have referenced a second time and now have reissued the blog with that citation.
How Should Companies Monitor Social Media Use? This blog was first posted in February 2016, but takes on a new meaning given the increasing use of social media in the workplace and need for companies to set limits for employee use. The blog has been updated to reference best practices... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Workplace Ethics Advice
Are Colleges and Universities Serving the Public Good? We've all heard about it. Campus speakers get shouted down or prevented from speaking. Academic freedom is under attack. Students congregate in safe spaces to prevent violence against them for their politically incorrect views and colleges are becoming sanctuary campuses, all the while civility on campuses is a lost art. Student cheating has increased by leaps and bounds. This raises the issue of whether ethics can be taught, or whether it even should be taught. Read my latest blog on this issue. Sign-up on my website to receive my latest Newsletter. You... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Ethics Sage
Civility and Ethics Go Hand in Hand If you’re like me, you shake your head almost daily at the increasing number of instances of a lack of civil discourse on college campuses. Whether it’s preventing speakers from sharing their views, shouting them down to prevent others from hearing those views, or escaping to a safe place on campus, an important question today is whether civil discourse should be taught. The fact that I have to address this issue saddens me because it means a problem has arisen that threatens the very basis of free speech on college campuses and brings... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Avoid the Ethical Slippery Slope You know how it starts. You tell a lie and then feel pressured to continue down that road to defend your statement or decision even though you know in your gut the initial decision was wrong. Maybe you shade the truth to prevent an improper... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Are Women More Difficult to Work With? From time to time I post a guest blog to inform my readers of important developments in the workplace. Today’s blog is an important one because the workplace environment can be a pleasing place or one that is unsatisfying depending on the way... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Family and Business Entanglements Threatens our Democratic Process It’s been more than seven months since Donald Trump began his presidency and it seems just about every ethics rule has been broken, starting with avoiding conflicts of interest, or at least they have been so bent out of shape as to be unrecognizable. As President Trump’s administration endures controversy over its ties to profitable, private interests, Senate Judiciary Committee leaders are asking the White House to immediately make public how the White House has dealt with potential ethical conflicts. Don’t hold your breath expecting an honest response and full disclosure. The... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Seek Meaning, not Happiness, to Achieve a Well-Lived Life Wanting and valuing happiness is an important prerequisite to the pursuit of happiness. However, some studies indicate that while happiness can be a good thing, pursuing happiness might actually be bad for us. Psychologist Adam Grant suggests that some people look for happiness in all the wrong places. We strive for a bigger house, bigger car, latest electronic gimmicks and other materialistic possessions. He notes that people pursuing money, fame and image as their life goals are less happy than the ones pursuing more intrinsically valued goals such as goodness, caring... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Report from PayScale About Tech Employees' and Job Satisfaction From time to time I publish a guest post and believe this one will be of interest to young adults and Millennials entering the workforce, especially in the technology field. The piece was provided by Robert Lovell of PayScale. PayScale, the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2017 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Why Not Embed Microchips into All of Us? Perhaps you’ve heard that a Wisconsin company, Three Square Market (32M), is offering to implant its employees with a RFID microchip the size of a grain of rice. It’s already gone viral. The chip functions as an NFC-powered multi-purpose key / credit card / identification tool that the company sees as the future. The company might not be wrong about that, but is this how our chipped future will or should happen? 32M is a Wisconsin company that sells "micro market technology" running over 2,000 kiosks in break rooms and other locations... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2017 at Ethics Sage
Ruben, this is a good example of when a company doesn't promote ethical behavior in the interests of expediency and profits. It is challenging to do the right thing in such an environment.
I'm glad it helps.
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