Originally posted June 19, 2018
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Most people think they would never voluntarily commit an unethical or illegal act. But when Gallagher asked how many people in the audience had ever received a speeding ticket, numerous hands were raised. Similarly, employees rationalize their misuse of company supplies all the time, such as shopping online on their company-issued computer during work hours.
"It's easy to make unethical choices when they are socially acceptable," he said.
But those seemingly small choices can start people down a slippery slope.
Be on the Lookout for Triggers
No one plans to destroy their career by breaking the law or violating their company's ethics policy. There are usually personal stressors that push them over the edge, triggering a "fight or flight" response. At that point, they're not thinking rationally, Gallagher said.
Financial problems, relationship problems or health issues are the most common emotional stressors, he said.
"If you're going to be an ethical leader, are you paying attention to your employees' emotional triggers?"
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