When we talk of ethics, we mean moral issues that govern a person or group of people. For example, Accountants have the code of conducts which specify what is right and what is wrong. There are several ethical issues in the workplace, such as bribery, sexual harassment, plagiarizing, theft…
We are going to base this project on Sexual Harassment, theft, plagiarizing, and bribery.
Plagiarizing is taking credit for work done or performed by someone (employee or colleague) and presenting it as your own. It could also be taking someone’s ideas. This can be considered stealing. Sometimes, copying from your own self can be considered as plagiarizing (Girard, J.N, 2004). This could be as a result of technology, which makes it easy for people to swipe the ideas of others, images, words and work easily. Borrowing someone else work can also be called plagiarism.
There are two common types of plagiarism which involves the deliberate use of someone’s idea without giving them credit or acknowledging them is Intentional plagiarism, and the accidental use of someone’s ideas is inadvertent plagiarism. It is very true that some employees plagiarize without necessarily knowing they are doing something wrong. Some might not know how to appropriately conduct research or cite sources. In this case, it’s very important for management to understand the circumstances so appropriate training can be put in place.
Consequences of Plagiarism
Some consequences of plagiarizing are:-
An employee will be fired if caught, go on suspension or might be sued civilly.
Company’s reputation: Plagiarism ruins/hurts the company’s reputation. It can be costly to a company, for example, if a company’s report contains plagiarized information, it has to destroy them and rewrite. It’s also time consuming and embarrassing.
Legal consequences: An employee would most likely be fired, maybe even sued civilly. However, in the eyes of consumers and investors, a business is responsible for their employees’ actions. This means that the victim may bring charges against the company as well as the employee involved. For example, reproducing someone’s music, without giving credit for it.
Fairness to colleagues: This involves taking credit for a colleague’s idea or concept. As a result of this, people at work might not want work with you anymore.
Personal integrity: Plagiarism is stealing, no matter what, which definitely damages our reputation and may destroy your careers.
Strategies for preventing Plagiarizing
Some strategies for preventing plagiarizing include:
The dos and don’t s in workplace should be defined in writing; this can be done by setting guidelines for referencing work done. If there aren’t met, then it’s considered to be plagiarized
Employers should led by examples (making sure their work is well referenced)
Provide training e.g. seminars for employees who have a hard time referencing their work and reward employees(as a team)