Workers play fast and loose with ethics in India

But 96 per cent of workers say they would confront an unethical colleague
||Last Updated: 07/31/2008

A significant number of office workers in India have no problem falsifying arrival and exit times, using work phones for personal calls and lying to clients, according to a recent survey on workplace ethics.

The survey on workplace ethics, conducted by staffing firm TeamLease Services, polled more than 400 workers in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad and Pune.

It found nearly 45 per cent of office workers are willing to log incorrect entry and exit times, 46.8 per cent are okay with using the office phone for personal long distance calls and 60 per cent lie when applying for leave.

Sixty per cent of respondents also support lying to clients and think it is ethical to make personal photocopies and printouts at work.

Of the eight cities, Kolkata was the most sensitive to unethical behaviour with an "ethics index" of 76. New Delhi had an index of 53 and Ahmedabad was at 21.

More than three-quarters (78 per cent) of respondents in Kolkata said it was unethical to falsify time sheets or to lie when applying for leave, while 75 per cent of respondents from Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune were fine with lying to get time off work.

Despite this seemingly widespread propensity for unethical behaviour, 96 per cent of all respondents said they wouldn't shy away from confronting an unethical colleague.

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