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New research shows most Kiwi workers are confident in the honesty of their workplace but more formal avenues for those seeking ethical advice are needed.
IBE’s 2021 Ethics at Work international report surveyed employees from around the world to gauge attitudes and perceptions around ethics and the workplace. 10,000 employees across 13 countries, including New Zealand were asked about their experience of ethical workplace dilemmas.
Among the findings, employees in New Zealand were less likely to say that they have been aware of misconduct at work, compared to 2018 (16% vs 26%). The global average in 2021 is 18%.
Similarly, 88% of New Zealand employees said that honesty is practised always or frequently in their organisation, up slightly on 2018’s 86%. That’s high by international standards, but behind Switzerland (91%), France (89%) and Germany (89%).
Respondents in New Zealand were less likely than average to say that their line manager explains the importance of honesty and ethics in the work they do.
“A greater focus on providing formal ways in which employees can obtain advice or information about behaving ethically at work, which currently is the least common of the four building blocks of an ethics programme considered, could be one way of addressing these issues,” says IBE.
More troublingly, some 41% of employees in New Zealand who had raised their concerns about misconduct they had been aware of, reported experiencing retaliation as a result.
58% of employees in New Zealand who had spoken up about the misconduct they had been aware of were satisfied with the outcome, which is higher than in 2018 (55%). The global average in 2021 is 62%.
Other key stats for New Zealand include:
Read the full report here.
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