Are you more or less honest than the next person? Here's a list of ethics questions recently posed to a cross-section of workers across the nation. The responses may surprise you.
1. Is it wrong to use your employer's e-mail for personal communication?
2. Is it wrong to play computer games on your office computer during a workday?
3. Is it unethical to blame a mistake on a computer glitch?
4. At what point does a gift from a supplier or client raise ethical concerns—at $25, at $50, and at $100?
5. Is it correct to accept a $200 pair of tickets to a football game from a supplier?
6. Is it right to accept a $100 holiday fruit basket from a supplier?
7. Have you ever lied to take a sick day when you weren't really sick?
8. Have you ever taken credit for someone else's work?
1. Yes, personal e-mail use is wrong: 34 percent
2. Yes, playing computer games at work is wrong: 49 percent
3. Yes, it's unethical to blame a mistake on technology: 61 percent
4. Gifts become unethical at the $25 level: 33 percent; $50, 33 percent; $75, 33 percent
5. No, the $200 football tickets are not acceptable: 70 percent
6. No, the $100 fruit basket is unacceptable: 35 percent
7. Respondents who admitted lying about sick days: 11 percent
8. Respondents who admitted taking credit for other people's work: 4 percent
"Adapted from "The Wall Street Journal Workplace Ethics Quiz," In The Wall Street Journal