Ethics: An Old-Fashioned Soft Skill For A Modern World

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Executive Summary

If ethical behavior had been taught to employees and reinforced as a must-have soft skill, could we have prevented the current economic meltdown? The authors explored this question in a recent Klaus and Associates survey and the results are in. Although 87% of respondents believe that a lack of ethics led to the current economic disaster, there's hope for the future: a reassuring 80% think that ethics can be taught. Sixty-seven percent of the survey respondents pointed a finger at the profit-hungry business environment as a contributing factor to a rise in unethical behavior, with 59% agreeing that shady conduct in the workplace derives more from company culture than from individual employees.

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