A new study suggests that employees who say they have stronger relationships with their boss are more likely to engage in bad or unethical behavior on this person’s behalf. Among the findings:
- Employees were more likely to engage in unethical behaviors if they believed it helped their boss.
- Workers show this unethical behavior was a way of rewarding their boss for his/her dedication to them.
- Employees who said they don’t have a good relationship with their boss are more likely to engage in unethical behaviors to support themselves, often at the expense of their boss.