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Thursday, May 18, 2017

What’s the Right Thing to Do?

Case Study: LISA EVANS
Lisa Evans is a valued employee. She has worked for the organization for 17 years and is the kind of worker than can be depended on to put in extra time and effort when it is needed. She has stood by your side several times in crises. Recently, Lisa came to you and admitted that for some time she has been “borrowing” money from the petty cash fund and writing false receipts to cover it. It was never very much; usually $10-$15, and she always repaid it. However, her conscience has bothered her so much that she felt compelled to confess it to you. Under the organization’s personnel policies, her action is clearly a cause for dismissal. What will you do?

Your position takes you away from your family on many occasions. You take public service seriously and attend as many workshops and conferences as possible so that you may best serve the people you represent. The organization’s travel rules for a maximum single meal expense is $15. You travel to a conference where a reasonable dinner costs $20. That same morning you had no out-of-pocket expense for breakfast because you stayed in a hotel where breakfast is provided. A colleague suggest that to “stay whole” you should claim a $15 breakfast. What will you do?

Your organization recently sought requests for proposals for a new financial software package. You have attended a workshop where the pros and cons of each of the three qualifying proposers have been outlined. You have made the decision to support staff’s recommendation for Vendor X. Two weeks before the commission vote, the president of Vendor X calls because he has two extra tickets to a Rockie’s game and he knows you are a huge fan, however, he will not be able to attend the game himself. What will you do?


Catherine also suggests an article you might enjoy, "Are CEOs Less Ethical than in the Past," from strategy+business.