This post is a bit different from my other posts but the concept of ethics in business is so important that I just had to write about it.
(This event happened 3 to 5 years ago and has nothing to do with my current employer.)
I went on a business trip with a colleague from the sales department. We were visiting customers, providing product training, and gathering market data. On the last night of the trip, we celebrated our success with a good meal and had a very nice time. When I returned to the office and submitted my expenses, I found I had exceeded the unwritten guideline for meals by $17. I was given 2 alternatives:
- Submit the report as is and then contend with the possible consequences when the President of the $1B division discovered my excess expenditure;
- Falsify my expense report and add a customer to the list of attendees.
The first option is troubling because of the questionable practice of having the president of a $1B division review the $17 overage on an expense report of an employee 3 or 4 levels down. The second option is extremely troubling. A senior manager told me to lie on an expense report. He has since been promoted.
What Did I Do?
I paid the $17 out of my pocket. It was a good meal.
Originally posted 2015-03-24 07:58:48. Republished by Blog Post Promoter