Five Ethical Flaws – Part II
In an article titled, “Why Ethical People Make Unethical Choices,” the Harvard Business Review highlighted five ways that organizations needlessly provoke good people to make unethical choices.
The second way mentioned is “Excessive Pressure to Perform.” The author discovered that when there’s too much pressure on staff to reach company goals, staff will often cut corners or lie about their results.
Wells Fargo pressured their personnel on cross selling goals so much that thousands of employees established phony accounts for customers. This led to a devastating scandal.
In 1 Peter 5, Peter encouraged leaders to, “watch over them…not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock.”
Develop reasonable goals with your team and encourage them, but don’t apply excessive pressure. It may prevent a scandal.
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