Forget the Enron, Madoff, and the WorldCom scandals that have been grabbing headlines and getting media attention. Employees report that the biggest ethical problems in the workplace are disrespect, favoritism and lack of follow through by those in charge.
According to the latest Employee Attitudes and Opinions Survey released by Watson Wyatt, many employees feel that there are day-to-day broken promises in the workplace. "One of the biggest drivers in commitment to the company is trust in senior management, " says Ilene Gochman. "This survey holds mixed news for employers."
Most employees feel confidence in their immediate supervisors and believe they are ethical. Only 11% state that their boss is dishonest or lacks integrity vs. 72% who see their bosses as ethical. But many employees, over 44%, question the ethics of upper management.