Friday, April 21, 2006

ethics in the workplace

The other day I had a discussion with a fellow worker about ethics. He told me his scheme to collect money from customers by creating fake receipts and using the money to buy a new chair for the employees. He was joking, of course, but we still discussed it. He reasoned that it would be okay because the customers wouldn't know the difference, and we'd still get a good chair. I argued that it would still be dishonest to the customers. He said that it would be doing the greatest good for the greatest number. What do you guys think? Would you be justified in creating illegal receipts in order to buy a nice chair for the employees?


ben said...

If he worked under me, I would fire him in a few seconds. That really throws off inventory, book keeping, and other records. If the company had an accountant, the accountant would be up for a week trying to figure out the mismatch of credits and debits.

In the short run, the employees would have a nice chair. In the long run, the employer would be out a lot of money. He isn't stealing from the customer, he is stealing from work. Sure, he is using the money to buy something for the workplace, but that isn't what he was hired for.

Nancy Williams said...

What he's doing is not merely unethical, it's illegal.

It's called fraud, and it's a felony good for at least a year at Point of the Mountain.

Hope this helps.