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New Years Resolutions: Are We Lying to Ourselves?

posted by Joan Ball

I know it’s become popular, but I’ve become suspect of using traditional goal-setting strategies and business process techniques to change personal habits and pursue a meaningful life. While I can admit that there’s something invigorating–even exciting–about casting a new vision, […]

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Does Courtesy Fall By The Wayside During A Stressful Day?

posted by hfields

Short answer? For me, yes. And apparently, so does bloggery. I’d like to apologize for being light on the ethical pondering the last couple days, folks. It’s been a heckuva week at work, and I’ve been so swamped I’m literally […]

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Office Politics: How Do You Work With Someone Who’s “Impossible”?

posted by hfields

Ever wondered whether you’re speaking different languages (or inhabiting different planets) when you’re trying to communicate with a particular coworker-who-shall-not-be-named? Ever felt like tearing your hair out (or theirs) every time you’re forced to cooperate with a certain so-and-so on […]

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If You Won the Lottery…

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I’m pretty proud of my Midwestern work ethic; efficient, steady, reliable. Still, I spend a lot of time imagining what I would do with my lottery winnings – pay off student loans, pay off family debts, buy a house (or […]

Annie Le’s Murder: A Case Of Workplace Violence?

posted by hfields

As lab tech Raymond Clark III appeared in a New Haven court today to be charged with the murder of 24-year-old Annie Le, killed by “traumatic asphyxiation” just days before she was to be married and found stuffed in a wall of […]

What-If Wednesday: Would You Skip Work On Your Birthday?

posted by hfields

When I ran the idea for this post by Paddy, she snorted and said, “Ha, do people really?” And I mumbled something like, “Er, I’m sure some unethical crumb bums must.” (Skip work on their birthdays, that is.) Truth is, […]

How To Say “I Quit”–And How NOT To

posted by hfields

First off, don’t do what I did. I think I have mentioned the mean boss I once had. Well, after several months of being browbeat, the day came when I couldn’t take it another minute.  What’d I do? I literally […]

What-If Wednesday: Would You Steal Office Supplies?

posted by hfields

Studies show something like 60% of employees have stolen from the place where they work. Whether it’s something little like a box of paperclips or a Post-It pad, or something big like that awesome ergonomic chair the boss is always swiveling […]

What-If Wednesday: Catching a Coworker in a Lie

posted by Padmini Mangunta

The workplace is fraught with ethical dilemmas, isn’t it? I have a question for you: what would you do if you saw a coworker’s resume – and saw that it was full of lies? I was recently asked…. What if: […]

That Other “Ism”: Ageism

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I had a conversation last night that really got me fired up. I was chatting with a friend of mine, and she mentioned an offhand comment her boss had made during a staff meeting. It irritated her and infuriated me. […]

Is Internet Surfing at Work a Right, a Privilege, or a Big No-No?

posted by hfields

Hi all. A quick shout out here from Hillary land. I just started a short temp assignment on top of my other gigs, and while I was drumming my fingernails waiting to get set up with the internet so I […]

Racism in the Workplace: What Do You Do When a Coworker Makes Off-Color Remarks?

posted by hfields

Recently, I put out a call amongst my acquaintance for their everyday ethical dilemmas. A friend brought me a great one–What do you do when someone at work is a racist? The gist of her email (which she asked me […]

June 26 is “Take Your Dog To Work” Day. Cute. But is it Ethical?

posted by hfields

I don’t love dogs. Don’t get me wrong–I like ‘em fine. I may even coo over a particularly cute one (or a homely one–somehow the homely ones touch my heart more than the handsome ones), but I don’t have a […]

Bozeman, MT, Asks for Applicants’ Facebook Username & Password

posted by Padmini Mangunta

How much information are you willing to disclose to snag a job? Most companies already insist on background checks, but Bozeman, MT, is asking applicants for city positions to submit their social networking usernames and passwords. Guess I won’t be […]

Senator’s Staffer Emails Racist Obama Image; Should She Be Fired?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

We’ve all probably sent an email from our work account to the wrong person – I once worked at a large law firm where a first year associate sent out a raucous party invite to the entire firm, including all […]

My Credibility or My Friend? The Ethics of a Recommendation

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I wish I could blog about the weather here in New York lately. I must say, I believe continuous rain for two weeks in June to be completely unethical! However, I’m distracted from the slow drip by other concerns. I’m […]

Charity in the Workplace: Unethical or Simply Inappropriate?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

I was recently reminded of an incident from my early days in New York. Back then, I was surviving on a daily ration of ramen and $1 egg drop soup. I considered it my NYC diet, even though I never […]

A Bernie Madoff Schadenfreude Story

posted by hfields

Schadenfreude-nounsatisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune. I once had a boss so mean I woke up in dread each morning, and lay awake every night fearfully, fantasizing about what terrors lay ahead for me the next day. She […]

How far would you go to get rich quick?

posted by Padmini Mangunta

Standing in an especially long line at my bank yesterday, my wandering mind intersected at two points: my poor, beleaguered bank account (sob, tear) and the summer bank heist movie, Public Enemies, starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale. Where did […]

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Is Craigslist Who We Really Are?
Raise your hand if you're familiar with Craigslist.org.  Chances are, there's one that serves your community.  And it's extremely handy for job listings, housing, dating, selling your old crap or buying new old crap.Really, it's ...

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