Workplace Ethics

ethics at work

A couple of weeks ago, I came across a post on another message board from a person who admitted to spending forty percent of his time at work surfing the Internet for personal reasons. He was even going so far as to use Log Me In to access his home computer from work so he could work on personal projects. His reason for writing the post wasn’t to question why his job was so boring, or to seek ways to make it more interesting, or even to question the ethics of his behavior, but simply to ask people in the IT field what his chances of being caught might be. (Pretty good, as it turns out, because most employers these days have some sort of Internet use policy and some sort of tracking sy

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5 Responses to Workplace Ethics

  1. getforfree says:

    Mindless surfing is just a waste of time, but on the other hand, if the person saves time not doing it at home, it’s not a complete waste. I think, if you have extra time at work, and don’t want to get caught using it for personal reasons, don’t do it on a work computer. Read a book, make a plan for the day, or something that doesn’t leave a track of your activity that can be used against you. When I had a desk job, I would even clip grocery coupons at my desk, shape my eyebrows, make short personal calls from my cell phone, play games on my phone, organize my coupons and plan shopping lists by matching sale flyers with my coupons. I only used work computer to check the weather forecast (for when to do my laundry, because I hang it outside). I even brought some clothes that needed to be ironed and did that on my break time. I cleaned my car windows with spray and rug during my lunch time, and then used my desk time for snacking. As long as you have a good relationship with people around you and don’t care if you coworkers waste their time on personal things, it should be fine. Now I stay home and take care of my kids, my house and my small backyard farm, do I don’t have to worry about that stuff anymore.

  2. honour says:

    I agree that you owe your employer 100% but there are some circumstances that make it impossible. I worked as a translator – editor. My job was translate articles, speeches, letters etc. from it’s originating language to English. I thought this should be a part time job as there were hours without anything to translate. I cleaned the office, reviewed/archived files, cleaned furniture and even the windows to fill in time and look busy. Finally I asked if I could do this on-line from home but met with looks of horror. I lived close enough to walk the finished documents back.

    I ended up bringing magazines to read which looked ghastly to any visitors.

  3. I guess it depends on the persons job. We have a friend who works in television. She puts a show on and basically sits through it to make sure nothing happens. The rest of the time she reads, or chats. The employer is fine with this as long as nothing happens with the program. On the other hand if employees are sneaking off to log into social media during the day or to check other sites on company time that may be cause for concerns for an employer. I’d pay attention to all work policies so one doesn’t find themselves out of a job for doing what they are not getting paid to do.

  4. buddha says:

    i wanted to say something on the whole asking for more work may get you moving to raises and such bs. No it doesn’t, I’ve worked in more factory set employment and never found were asdking for more work got you anywere. I’ve seen the butt kissers move up but not! the worker
    So maybe the ethics quetions should be more on the employers , not employes. Maybe they should see the 40% wasters and value the one working.

  5. Rene says:

    I also feel that asking for morw work or to help is a tricky point. I remember when I did that. I’m still I’m the same position while watching less qualified ppl get promotions cuz they were “yes sir” men. Bosses where I work get promoted due to politics, not cuz your a harder worker.

    I also do agree that doing side work where it wouldn’t leave a trail is smarter, like doing, your web surfing on your smart phone or tablet is safer.

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