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You've Got To Be Kidding!. How to Keep Your Job Without Losing Your Integrity

  • ID: 2211505
  • Book
  • 320 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Praise for You′ve Got to be kidding!

"Nan DeMars defines the new integrity in our time. Media coverage of ′corporate′ greed and irresponsibility in the midst of a global economic crisis that personally impacted so many people will result in new law, new regulation, and new accountability for everyone in the workplace. Nan takes us all there now and prepares us for who we must be, as corporate employees (at all levels of responsibility), if we are to repair and enhance the corporate reputations of tomorrow."
Scott B. Baucum, Global Ethics Director, Monsanto

"For many years, I have enjoyed watching Nan DeMars fine–tune the workplace ethics issue so that employees no longer have to take the blame for things their bosses asked them to do or be reprimanded for doing the ethical and right thing! You′ve Got to Be Kidding! transforms how employers and employees view their responsibilities today to the benefit of all."
United States Vice President Walter Mondale

"Little exists to prepare employees today for the exercise of moral courage. Nan DeMars sets about remedying this discrepancy, engaging readers with thought–provoking examples from the business world. You′ve Got to Be Kidding! leads a discussion that forms the basis of ethical decision–making and, thereby, encourages readers to practice for the exercise of moral courage before they find themselves in the type of situation where it is required."
Colleen Rowley, 2003 Time Magazine Woman of the Year, attorney–at–law, former FBI agent and whistleblower

"Nan DeMars is internationally known for her take on personal and professional ethics. She takes the nebulous world of ethics and brings it down to a level you can not only understand but also relate to. She provides you with guidelines on how to respond when you find yourself in an awkward and often potentially damaging situation so that you can maintain integrity and still keep your job, your credibility, and your optimism (much less keep you out of court, hot water, and harm′s way)."
Susan Fenner, PhD, Education/Professional Development Manager, International Association of Administrative Professionals

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Preface xv

Introduction Why Do We Care about Ethics in the Workplace?: Are We Really That Vulnerable? More than Ever Today! xix


Take Care of Yourself

1 When Morals Become Ethics: Your Beliefs Become Your Behaviors 3

2 The Age of Accountability: The My Boss Told Me to Do It Defense Is No Defense! 16

3 The Twin Faces of Loyalty: The New Loyalty at Work Is a Two–Way Street 30

4 True Myths? It Depends!: Let s See Things as They Really Are Not as WeWant Them to Be! 50

5 Mea Culpa I Screwed Up!: How to Recover from a Major Goof–Up! 62


Take Care of Your Organization

6 Zip It!: A Culture of Confidentiality Is Your Goal! 73

7 Security Is Your Problem (Like It or Not)!: You Are the Gatekeeper of Company Assets 91

8 Gossip Over the Cubicle Fence: Gossip Can Tear Apart the Ethical Office 113

9 Cupid in the Cubicle: Dangers of the Triple R 121

10 Party Up or Party Down?: The Worst Hangover May Come with a Lawsuit! 135

11 Trick or Treat: Vendors Can Be Tricksters, and They Wear Many Masks 141

12 Copyright or Copy Wrong?: There Are Boundaries around Intellectual Property 148

13 To Blow or Not to Blow: If You Blow the Whistle, Blow Wisely!! 158


Take Care of Your Supervisor

14 The Trouble with the Boss Is the Boss! 169

15 The Dog Ate My Laptop: Lies, Lies and More Lies! 185

16 The XXX Files: The Workplace Is No Place for Porn! 204

17 Abuse in the Workplace: If It Hurts, It s Abuse and If It Happens More than Once, It s Harassment! 209


You Can Keep Your Integrity and Your Job

18 Raises, Not Roses!: Today s Professional Assistant Has New Respect! 231

19 The Ethics of Job Hunting: How to Look for a Job While on the Job! 243

20 Start Talking!: Everyone Chooses the Ethics of Their Office Not Just Upper Management and Obvious Victims 253

21 Doing the Right Thing Never Looked So Right!: At the End of the Day, You Go Home with  Yourself! 264

Acknowledgments 279

About the Author 281

Index 283

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