Unethical practices by employees

Experimental visualization of narrower problems
Other Names:
Irresponsible workers
Negligent employees
Corruption of workers
On-the-job criminal activity
Accepting bribes
Incompetent employees
Embezzlement from employer
Workplace theft
Industrial espionage by staff
Employee intimidation of customers
Breach of employer confidence
Misconduct during employment

Employees, whether of government or of the private sector, are able to exploit such a position to their personal advantage or to that of others they may favour. Such practices may range from borrowing equipment, pilferage of office materials, sloppy workmanship, to systematic diversion of materials or funds. Such a position may be used to facilitate acquisition of a job by a relative, friend or stranger, possibly against suitable compensation for the favour. Privileged access to information may be exploited by making it available to other interested parties, either commercial or governmental, possibly to a degree amounting to espionage, whether industrial or otherwise. Access to files may allow the employee to modify their content, whether by adding or removing information, either to further the interests of other bodies against appropriate compensation or purely to create mischief. Where the employee is in direct contact with outsiders requesting services (processing documents, supplying licenses, approving applications, etc.), such services may only be provided (rapidly) following "under-the-table" payments.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate Action
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST