Saturday, October 28, 2017

Are These the Top 12 Rationalizations for Unethical Behavior?

Photo by Aaron Burden at Unsplash

  1. I need to do it.
  2. Everybody does it.
  3. If I don't do it then somebody else will.
  4. It's legal.
  5. When in Rome do as the Romans do.
  6. They owe me.
  7. I didn't lie. I just didn't tell the whole story or the truth.
  8. They'll never miss it.
  9. I deserve it.
  10. There are people who do a whole lot worse.
  11. I'm fighting fire with fire.
  12. I was just following orders.
Other contenders?

Oh, here's one that I've frequently seen in recent years: "I didn't have time." 


Crusty Old HR Manager said...

"It's ok that I only work 15 minutes a day and get paid for the entire day because I'm exempt," said the Assistant Director of the state agency. Add to that: "And if you say anything about it, I will make your work life a living purgatory."

Michael Wade said...


Wow. Such a charmer!