What is unethical behavior in an organization?

Unethical behaviour is any action that is aimed at taking advantage of another without their knowledge or consent. It can also be defined as manipulating someone without his or her permission.

Unethical behaviour is a way of acting that society disapproves of. It is the behaviour that is ‘bad’; ‘wrong’ in a particular setting. Profuse languages, acting violent towards others are some examples of unethical behaviour.

Effects of Unethical Behaviour:

Unethical behaviour on the part of the company and its management creates a situation where employees feel ashamed or embarrassed by their company, its product or service, or their role in it. It is as if they are doing something wrong by association. These feelings breed mistrust and low morale.

Unethical behaviour by fellow employees, especially if it goes unpunished or is condoned by management, prevents cooperation and trust among employees, which also creates low morale. This negative effect is magnified if the unethical behaviour by the company or employees results in harm to others.

Unethical behaviour is any action that is aimed at taking advantage of another without their knowledge or consent. It can also be defined as manipulating someone without his or her permission.

Examples of Unethical Behavior

  • Lying to your spouse about how much money you spent.
  • Lying to your parents about where you were for the evening.
  • Stealing money from the petty cash drawer at work.
  • Lying on your resume in order to get a job.
  • Talking about a friend behind his back.
  • Taking credit for work you did not do.