How to Prevent Unethical Behavior in the Workplace

In Brief...

Unethical behavior in the workplace can lead to an unhealthy environment, often filled with mistrust and spite. To prevent unethical behavior, managers and employees alike should follow these suggestions.


  1. Make sure all employees and managers review company policies regarding a hostile workplace and retaliation. These policies should be shared and discussed freely.
  2. Hold managers to the same standards as employees. Evaluate managers on ethical leadership practices in addition to evaluating each employee’s ethical conduct.
  3. Discuss ethical issues and behaviors with employees during regular and one-on-one meetings.
  4. Model ethical behavior and integrity by incorporating company values in all business communications.
  5. Provide ethical behavior professional development opportunities and implement best practices.

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Author: Janie Sullivan

Janie Sullivan, MBA, MAEd, has been teaching adult learners for over 20 years. She has taught online over 15 years, specializing in writing, communications, and small business applications. Janie directs the Center for Writing Excellence where she offers writing, editing, and formatting services for writers. She has been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as multiple online sites. She teaches communication, business strategy, leadership, and management courses. Janie has published a book "Develop and Deliver an Online Class." This is the third book she has written about writing and teaching online. She also has published a novel and an anthology of short stories.