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HR Question: Using Social Media in Hiring – Is it Ethical?

Here’s a question I have asked students at the University of Florida, University of North Georgia, Baylor, Gardner-Webb University and a host of others: Is it ethical for me (as an employer) to view your social media sites and use that content to help me make a hiring decision?

What do you think the student response is?

Social MediaWhat I heard from students was a resounding NO!  Yet, the frequent use of technology in the workplace is undeniable creating a digital footprint of who we are (or profess to be on line).  Some employers ban social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, recognizing that the use of social media can not only be a distraction from work, but a temptation to act unethically.  Other companies find that they closely are monitoring employee postings.  Yet others use social media in hiring and performance evaluations.

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Better than Fiction: 43 Dartmouth Students Caught Cheating in an Ethics Class

No matter how many times I believe I have “heard everything unethical,” something comes along to take it to new heights.

DartmouthDartmouth College, that prestigious bastion of learning of the Ivy League, offers a course entitled: “Sports, Ethics and Religion.” It is a popular course and as a matter of fact, Dartmouth religion professor Randall Balmer, has 272 students who have signed up to sit at his feet and to be present to hang on to his very words..

Except no one much does that anymore. In fact, class attendance only accounts for 15 percent of the grade, so what the heck; why bother to show up at all?

But wait, it gets worse.

No thanks, I’ll click

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David Eccles School of Business and the Temptation of Money – Is Most Unethical Behavior linked to Money?

Are some people hard-wired to do unethical things around money? It is an interesting question that definitely carries the ring of truth. The website www.healthcanal.com posted a very interesting article entitled: “Study Shows Money Cues Can Trigger Unethical Behavior.”

David EcclesThe University of Utah, David Eccles School of Business recently conducted a series of tests where participants, were exposed to a number of cues involving money. The cues were intended to put them in a business frame of mind, that resulted in “causing them to think narrowly in terms of cost-benefit calculations and pursuing their own interests to the exclusion of moral considerations.” (My italics!)

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Business Ethics: Tyco’s Redemption New Hampshire Ethics Studies Funded

In the universe of botched business ethics, there was probably no bigger offender than New Hampshire based Tyco and its former CEO Dennis Kozlowski and his former CFO Mark Swartz.

kozlowskimug1It is difficult to imagine a more unethical duo than Kozlowski and Swartz; in all, there were nearly 30 counts filed against them in 2002, after it was shown they had taken more than $120 million in unauthorized bonuses, in addition to committing an entire library’s worth of fraudulent ethical practices.  There was no subtlety as to their ethical indiscretions; nothing hidden in its excesses, unless one calls Kozlowski’s acquisition of a $6,000 shower curtain, a $15,000 umbrella stand and paintings by Monet and Renoir subtle.

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“What is the Value of Ethics Education?” – Business Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher Comments

This post was bound to happen. It is a third generation post. Steven Mintz, Ph.D., an ethics professor at CalPoly, an author and trainer of accountants, wrote a blog entitled: “What is the Value of Ethics Education?” The blog so inspired (and rightly so), Mitchell M. Handelsman, Ph.D., a psychologist, that he wrote a ethicsblog (April 11, 2013) for Psychology Today entitled: “Five Big ‘W’ Questions about Ethics Training.”

In turn, both Dr. Mintz and Dr. Handelsman have motivated me to blog about their observations. In the spirit of ethics, I make absolutely no claim to having a Ph.D. but I do have one credential that I am positive neither of these gentlemen would want to claim: I was locked in a jail cell for being unethical. Granted, I was given a second chance at life and my life has taken on meaning and purpose, but I paid a price.

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Business Ethics: Give to Gain? Adam Grant’s Ethics Leadership!

Refreshing…that’s what I would call the recent article written about Adam Grant at the Wharton School by Susan Dominus for the New York Times.

Adam GrantProductivity and Success gained by giving seems to be Grant’s formula and smacks of a positive ethical foundation that can be emulated. While I would never claim to be at Grant’s level as a business ethics speaker, I do know a thing or two about giving more than you might expect, even if you expect anything at all. There is great value in giving, and I believe it starts the universal process of the law of attraction.

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Bottom Line or Business Ethics – Which is more Important? Judith Samuelson’s article discusses – Chuck Gallagher Business Ethics Speaker comments…

There have been a flurry of articles lately about what and how business schools teach business ethics.  The most recent, an article written by Judith Samuelson on the HUFF Post Business section states the following:  “Research conducted by the Aspen Institute suggests that ethics IS taught in business schools, and, increasingly, with an eye to making it stick by embedding it in orientation programs, “learning journeys,” core course work and hands-on experience.”

Judith SamuelsonIt is in the first part of her article that I take exception.  As a business ethics speaker and author I see first hand what seems to be the norm for business ethics offerings in b-schools and it’s pathetic – at least that’s my opinion.  Samuelson goes on to say, “Business ethics goes by many names and the vast majority of schools in the Institute’s ranking of business schools require ethics or something that goes by the name of “social responsibility,” “social enterprise,” “social impact” or “leadership and values.””

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Business Ethics as a Core Course in Business Schools? What a novel idea…or do you prefer an Orange Jumpsuit and Handcuffs?

Business Ethics as a core course in Buiness schools: What a novel idea is right…  It seems that what is OBVIOUS sometimes is missed by the masses.  Honesty, integrity, and ethics are – or should be – the core foundation for which we operate in life.  Yet, as Luigi Zingales points out in his article: “Business School should count ethics as a core course” it appears that all to often those who are at the top of the business food chain seem to forget the core of business fundamentals.

Zingales, in his article, states: “Recent scandals at Barclays, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and other banks might give the impression that the financial sector has some serious morality problems. Unfortunately, it’s worse than that: We are dealing with a drop in ethical standards throughout the business world, and our graduate schools are partly to blame.”

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Featured New Book, “Accounting Ethics… and the Near Collapse of the World’s Financial System,” – a Business Ethics book that is worth a read!

This new book manifests the importance of accounting ethics by looking at the role that some ethical failures played in recent scandals, particularly AIG’s role in bringing the world’s financial system to the brink of collapse. After establishing the vital importance of ethical accounting, the book goes on to give a thorough analysis of what ethical behavior means for accountants and shows them what can be done to embody that ideal.

Quote startPakaluk and Cheffers… have tackled every major ethics issue currently facing the accounting profession.Quote end

Sutton, Mass. (PRWEB) August 17, 2011

ethical accountingThe fruit of a collaboration between a Harvard PhD and ethics specialist (Pakaluk) and a Harvard MBA and forensic accountant (Cheffers), “Accounting Ethics” is an entirely new treatment of the subject that reads like a detective story while imparting a deep understanding of professional ethics for accountants.

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All things Business Ethics: Bidhan “Bobby” Parmar wins Best Dissertation Award 2011! Congratulations!

University of Virginia Darden School of Business Professor Bidhan “Bobby” Parmar has been selected as the winner of the Society for Business Ethics Best Dissertation Award 2011. His dissertation is entitled, “The Role of Ethics, Sensemaking and Discourse in Enacting Authority Relationships.”

Bidhan "Bobby" Parmar

Bobby Parmar.

According to the Society’s website, the purpose of the award is to recognize the dissertation that most clearly demonstrates the potential to contribute to substantial advances in business ethics research and practice.

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