Workers Increasingly Pressured To Violate Ethics

More workers now than a decade ago say they’re feeling pressure to ignore company policies or even break the law, according to a new survey from the nonprofit Ethics Resource Center, as retaliation against whistleblowers reached record levels.

The percentage of employees who felt pressured to break rules rose to 13 percent in 2011, up from 8 percent in 2009. A whopping 93 percent of those pressured workers said they saw rules being violated while on the job.

Meanwhile, more than one in five employees (22 percent) who reported misconduct said they then experienced some form of retaliation, from getting the cold shoulder to being denied a raise or promotion.

“The co-existence of widespread retaliation and pressure with historically low misconduct and high reporting is unlike any previous pattern,” the report said.