Despite good intentions, organizations set themselves up for ethical catastrophes by creating environments in which people feel forced to make choices they could never have imagined.  Former Federal Prosecutor Serina Vash says, “When I first began prosecuting corruption, I expected to walk into rooms and find the vilest people.  I was shocked to find ordinarily good people I could well have had coffee with that morning. And they were still good people who’d made terrible choices.”

Employees that make unethical decisions are not necessarily “bad” or even poorly intentioned. Sometimes making- or not making- the unethical choice hinges on there being too few good choices available, or from the pressure to constantly perform at unrealistic or unsustainable levels.

Ron Carucci outlines some of the reasons behind unethical decision making in organizations, and suggests ways to head off some risky behaviors before they happen. Read the post here.