What's worse, over the last five years HR pros feel increasingly more pressure to compromise their organization's ethics standards.
One bright note: They indicate personally observing significantly fewer actions of misconduct in the workplace.
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) jointly conducted the 2003 Business Ethics Survey, with 462 respondents yielding a 22 percent response rate. The survey is a follow-up to a similar study conducted in 1997.
Much attention has been given to corporate ethics violations in the last year, and the survey as a whole shows that HR pros are less concerned now with retaliation from coworkers or senior management, or being seen as whistleblowers.
Yet, needing to follow the boss's directives and wanting to be team players remains high on the list of pressures that may lead to HR pros compromising the organization's ethics standards.
Survey results show: