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Steven Mintz
United States
I'm a speaker and consultant on ethics issues and author of a book, Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior.
Interests: Reading, writing, blogging, ethics advice, traveling, eating, sports
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Kelly, This is a tough situation. You didn't say anything about whether you've spoken to the nerd guy. The reason I mention it is if you did anything about the situation it should have to be with his knowledge. He may prefer to leave the situation alone for fear he would be fired/demoted if attention is given to the unfair treatment. If the nerd guy welcomes the help then you have to decide what is the right thing to do. As you mention, any action could come back on you. That's often the issue with whistleblowing. How far are we willing to go to improve the lives of others. If you speak to the nerd guy and get the green light and his gratitude for even thinking about helping him, then I would discuss it with a few coworkers and see if they would back you up -- not take action specifically. That would fall on your shoulders. If it were me, I'd go through these steps, unless the nerd guy asks me not to do anything, and make an informal report to HR mainly to feel them out about what can (should) and should not be done and how to handle it. You could preface your remarks by saying this isn't a formal complaint. It's just a question about company HR policies, that is, what to do when you think an employee is being bullied. If you get the vibe that HR doesn't care then you have to decide whether to risk your job to right a wrong. Only you can answer that. Good luck!
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The Role of the First Amendment Free speech on college campuses has been under attack during the past several years. The alleged offenses seem to have declined this past academic year. Does that mean limitations on free speech on college campuses is no longer of concern? The answer is ‘yes’... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Yes, good will meaning the student who gives the gift expects nothing in return (i.e., higher grade). Otherwise, there may be the appearance that something is expected in return for the gift -- i.e., favored treatment.
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Going Beyond Happiness and Meaning in Life Two recent surveys suggest that Americans are becoming more unhappy with each passing year. The 2019 World Happiness Report says that the U.S. is ranked 19th in happiness, a decline from previous surveys. A General Social Survey ranks public opinion by country from... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Ethics Sage
Lornah, This is a good explanation how the mentoring skills discussed in my blog can apply to other ares such as the leadership development of students. It's nice to read that those skills are being used in your practice. Steve
Lawanda, These are great points and crystallizes some of the problems with capitalism today. I don't know if it's possible, but there needs to be a re-commitment to serve the common good. In other words, taking actions which benefit society as a whole, not private individuals and selected sections of society. Steve
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Suggestions for Top Management There are many writings about corporate culture but one stands out in my mind because the thoughts are those of Big-4 firm Deloitte. Providing advice to clients on how to strengthen corporate culture says a lot about the firm’s commitment to serve their clients not only... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Role as a Moral Agent One reason businesses still struggle with ethical behavior is they are unaware of their role as a moral agent. A moral agent is a person who has the ability to distinguish between right and wrong and to be held accountable for their actions. Moral agents... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Wanda, very well said.
S. Fowler, you are absolutely correct. Ghosting runs both ways. In some respects it's worth when an employer does it because they have an obligation to treat applicants with respect. Your situation seems highly improper. I'm sorry you had to endure the pain of your experience.
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Should You or Shouldn't You? The following discussion and case study is taken from my newly published book, Beyond Happiness and Meaning: Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior. The book is available for sale on Amazon. According to a Harris Poll conducted from November 28 to December 20, 2017, that... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Elizabeth Warren vs Bernie Sanders Should student debt be forgiven? If so, how much should be wiped clean? Who’s morally right: Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren? These are questions that should be asked in light of the Democratic debates and promises to students that their student debt will be wiped... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Gregory, Good points about bipolar disorder. I should add that most bipolar employees do very well in the workplace and should be respected by all coworkers.
Simon, Thanks for your comments on workplace ethics. It is more important today than ever before.
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Playing the Game I first blogged about office politics this past February. Today’s blog repeats some of that information and adds new perspectives. Office politics affects virtually everyone in the workplace so it is important to understand the scope of behaviors and best ways to deal with the challenges of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
Marie, I wish I had better information for you. You can contact an labor lawyer and get some sound advice. Short of that the only thing to do is talk to the HR department. That is, of course, risky from a job perspective. I'd advise speaking to a lawyer. Find out what your options are. Obviously, what they're doing is unethical but it doesn't make it illegal.
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How Can You Know Whether You’re Doing the Right Thing? Periodically, we all go to our doctor to check our health. We make sure all systems are operating as intended. The same should be done with our ethical self. Have we done whatever we can to do the right thing,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Evelyn, Thanks for those thoughts.
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Giving, not Receiving, Makes for Kind and Generous People We’ve heard it many times before. This person is kind. That person is generous. But, what do these terms mean and what is the relationship between them? What is their role in ethical decision-making? Kindness is generally thought of as the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2019 at Ethics Sage
Regina, thank you for your excellent comments about what makes for an ethical culture. Very well said!
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Transcendent Values Must Lead the Way Are organizations ethical? How can we know? One way is to ask key questions such as: What are the values that inform ethical behavior? What is necessary to ethically evaluate whether and how their actions affect stakeholders? Does the organization have an ethical culture... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2019 at Workplace Ethics Advice
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Transforming Your Life Through Ethical Behavior Happiness and meaning in life are elusive concepts. According to the 7th World Happiness Report, the U.S. ranks 19th in measures of happiness. Why so low? According to the report, bouts of depression, suicidal ideation and addiction to drugs make it more difficult for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2019 at Ethics Sage
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The Ethics of Teaching a Course on Digital Literacy Increasingly, educational institutions are offering courses in “Fake News.” The reason, no doubt, is concern in society that journalists and news media are playing fast and loose with the ethics rules of good, honest journalism. Making up stories, exaggerating facts, failing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2019 at Higher Ed Ethics Watch
Kristen, that's a smart choice as responsibility as a corporate entity may be an indicator of being responsible towards employees.