Can working from home reduce the urge to be unethical?

According to a new study by the Ethisphere Institute, the act of telework reduces the rate of ethics violations, reports BNET.

The institute surveyed more than 200 companies and found that the rate of ethics violations among office employees was 36 percent compared with 11 percent among regular teleworkers during the same time frame.

Still, Dave Johnson of BNET notes that the survey is not conclusive because it does not underscore “causation” such as are office employees less ethical because there is more opportunity there for bad behavior or are the types of people who telework just more ethical in nature. 

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Reader comments

Fri, Sep 23, 2011

Or people who work at home are working the hours they were supposed to work at the office 8 or 9 hour day or even 10 if they are on newflex. The difference is when I am at the office I will work 11 or 12 hours just to avoid the mess of traffic. I will work an extra hour or two instead of sitting for an hour or two in traffic and get home just as late as when I leave when the mess is gone. Why do reporters print half the story?

Tue, Sep 20, 2011 Dave

Or maybe it's that people who can be trusted to work without minute-by-minute supervision are trusted for a reason?!

Mon, Sep 19, 2011

Let's see...there are less reports of ethical violations for people who work alone unsupervised as opposed to people who have managers and coworkers who are seeing them work? Are these reported violations all self-reported? Or is this just that unethical people are being caught at work and not when they are home alone? Maybe the people who did this survey should look at the other survey mentioned on this site that says the 20 percent of teleworking people say they work an hour or less per day. Should those count as ethics violations if they are getting paid for 8 hours per day?

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