Corruption in the Workplace
Length: 338 words (1 double-spaced pages)
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Corruption in the workplace is a tremendous problem in today’s society. It can affect
everyone from managers to clerks. It occurs in many forms, some much more common than
others. Corruption can be found everywhere from the Government to McDonalds, and in
every country of the world.
Greg Abrams, an employee of ASI Services of south Tampa provided great insight
into the problem. He feels corruption in the workplace definitely occurs. Greg often sees
signs of nepotism, unequal application of rules, failure to properly inform employees when a
difference in pay occurs in contracted employees, failure to establish a sense of mutual
loyalty, and many forms of favoritism. “The employee feels no loyalty towards the company
and the company feels no loyalty towards its employees”, says Greg. He feels it prevents
upward mobility of people with higher qualifications and promotes those who don’t. “It
generally breeds a bit of descent,” said Greg. He believes that outside of the legal arena, it is
doubtful the problem will ever be solved. “Your talking about human nature, its unlikely
people will modify their habits willingly,” Greg stated.
Steve Brown, an employee of Verizon believes that corruption does occur, but
mostly in large companies. He has seen such extreme signs such as stealing, and even a
manager and employee conducting drug deals. He feels corruption can greatly affect
productivity. “When it occurs in management, people become unreliable. They tend to not
show up on time for their shift, and teamwork becomes increasingly difficult,” says Steve.
He thinks that when corruption does occur it is hard to resolve, but he believes better pre-
employment screening would lessen the problem greatly.
As far back as jobs have existed corruption has occurred. The most common forms
are favoritism and selective enforcement of the rules. Corruption can also cause tension
among employees and can greatly reduce the effectiveness of teamwork. It affects one’s pay,
promotions, and overall feeling of loyalty towards their employer. While not an easy
problem to solve by any means, it is, however, one that can be reduced. Certain pre-
employment screening, can reduce the number of people hired with the tendencies to be
corrupt. Also, if a clear-cut complaint system is implemented it can allow employees to vent
their frustration in a none aggressive way.
Corruption is a problem that occurs in nearly every workplace. Although there are
ways of helping this problem, it is unfortunately unlikely a problem that will ever be solved.