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10 ethical questions, answered

Saturday, 22 September 2018  
Posted by: Bert vd Heever
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We thought it might be a good idea to throw this week's spotlight on ethics, seeing that the SACQSP wants all registered quantity surveyors to undergo a training course in ethics.

Jeffrey Seglin, author of "The Right Thing" says: "Stealing is a no-no; cheating is bad. When it comes to moral quandaries, the thou shalt-nots are no-brainers.The truly tough dilemmas are those small, more ambiguous ones that you may stumble upon anytime, anywhere."

Jeffrey writes "The Right Thing," a syndicated weekly ethics column. He is a senior lecturer of public policy and director of the communications program at Harvard's Kennedy School.

This article first appeared on the CNN website in March 2010.

Here are some of the questions:

  1. If something at a yard sale is far more valuable than the posted price, do I have to let the seller know?
  2. My boss gave me credit for a project on which a colleague did most of the work. Should i accept the praise?
  3. Am I obligated to lend money to friends and family?
  4. If someone tells an offensive joke, is it my responsibility to speak up about it?
  5. Is it ever OK to sneak a peek at your child's e-mail?

and now for a really tough one; "My boss asked me to cover for him on his expense report by saying I was at a meal when I wasn't. Should I do it?"

To find out Jeffrey's answers click here

You can also follow his weekly blog here