Paul Hebert talks Organizational Prozac: Anxious Employees May Act Unethically

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Worldwide FOT

A week or so back I wrote that morality may be the next frontier for HR.Focusing on the “morality” of the company and highlighting ethics and ethical behavior drives quality recruiting outcomes, decreases turnover and makes for a generally nicer place to work. Morality pays. I also suggested that your recognition and reward system is one of the better ways to publically demonstrate and advertise your commitment to your ethical/moral point of view.

But HR needs to also consider the overall work environment when thinking about morality. Not just recognizing moral and ethical outcomes – but also helping managers manage the “zen” of the work place.

See… when we are anxious – we bend the rules just a bit more than normal.

A new article in Journal of Applied Psychology suggests that…

“Across multiple studies, individuals who were made to feel anxious were more likely to engage in unethical behavior than individuals in a neutral state.”

Read the whole post over at Symbolist  (an FOT contributor blog).

Paul Hebert

Paul Hebert is Vice President of Individual Performance Strategy at Creative Group Inc, writer, speaker and consultant. Paul focuses on influencing behaviors and driving business results through employees, channel partners and consumers. He is dedicated to creating true emotional connections often overlooked in our automated, tech-enabled world. Using proven motivational theory, behavioral economics and social psychology he has driven extraordinary company performance for his clients. Paul is widely considered an expert on motivation, incentives, and engagement.