Entries by Brian Harward

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Remote Work

Remote work, also often referred to as virtual work, telecommuting, or work-from-home, has expanded rapidly during COVID-19, assisted by advancing technology. As we witness this monumental change, our understanding of ethical culture, leadership, and policy shifts as well. While much remains unknown, we now have considerable research on working remotely from both a slow and […]

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Why You Should Spotlight Exemplary Ethical Behavior at Work

Organizations, to their detriment, often overlook opportunities to spotlight exemplary behavior—ethical behavior in particular. Increasingly remote workforces, with limited non-essential communication, likely worsen the situation. And the situation as it stands isn’t that great. Most of the time, the focus of employee recognition is not on ethics but on metrics related to the bottom line, […]

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The Moral Identity of an Organization Hinges on Leadership and Affects Everyone

One of the more interesting media shake-ups recently was Glenn Greenwald’s departure from The Intercept. Somehow, he lost control over the soul of a company he co-founded. To his eye, it lost its moral identity. Chief among its values, Greenwald has written, was “editorial freedom, the protection of a journalist’s right to speak in an […]

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Corporate Culture Assessment

Corporate culture, a rather nebulous psychological construct, is nevertheless part of an organization’s personality. It informs employees—via expectations, standards, prohibitions, and norms, both written and unwritten—how to behave, ultimately driving individual and group-level behavior. This culture is also inherently and deeply linked to ethics, because individual employees tend to act in accordance with the culture […]

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Surveillance Tech Robotizes Employees, Eroding Trust and Well-Being

In some Chinese elementary schools, students wear attention-monitoring headbands that tell teachers, by lighting up in different colors, how focused students are. A classroom robot also assesses their health and participation. Parents keep tabs on this real-time surveillance data, noting their child’s attention. If it dips too low, they’ll often punish their children at home. […]