Are You in an Unethical Workplace?


Professor Cindy Schipani, writing for Harvard Business Review, provides a guideline to determine if employees work for an unethical company


Want to know if your company is helping or hurting you? It’s quite easy to figure out.


Michigan Ross Prof Cindy Schipani, writing for Harvard Business Review, lays out five questions employees can pose when figuring out if they work at an unethical company.

Examining companies like Volkswagen, Wells Fargo, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), she shares her research on what happens when workplaces become sites of bad behavior. She notes that these organizations don’t become unethical overnight, but certain factors come into play that results in this type of work culture.

“Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I’m going to become a white-collar criminal today.’ But when there’s money on the table, the wrong behavior can emerge,” writes Schipani.