Recently two hundred students were caught cheating on a business exam at the University of Central Florida, and the sad part about the whole situation was that these students were senior students who were only 2 months out of graduation. The professor who catches students gives them an ultimatum to come forward and admit their dishonesty or face severe consequences.
Cheating in The Academic Environment
Cheating is not acceptable whether it is in the academic environment or the business world and should not be forgiven. The above situation when students are surveyed about what they think is divided equally with some agreeing that it is wrong to deceive and others feel it is fine and that everyone cheats at one time or another.
Unfortunately, cheating, especially in the business world comes from the actions of others in the past and to get business at any cost, and for students who take the attitude to get their degree at any cost or whatever is needed.
Cheating in The Business World
Do you want employees who take this attitude in your organization? If so be prepared for many headaches and sleepless nights. An employee who will do anything to get business, cover up mistakes or hide the truth is certainly not what you want in your organization’s team. You have to ask yourself, will he betray the company to make a profit?
Case in point: I know an employee who manipulates inventory numbers to cover product damage for a reputable client from a distribution center so the company can go out paying obligations. The clerk explained this to the Vice President and general manager of the center and they liked his ideas and felt he kept them. What should happen is to explain the situation to the client, balance the inventory and try to ensure that it will not happen again through some kind of corrective action.
When a company operates at this level, you must be very careful in dealing with them. How do you know if a company is like this? You can:
- Look for other companies that have dealt with them
- Check with better business bureaus or other organizations that collect information about companies at the local, regional, and national levels.
- Trust your feelings when negotiating with them. If they make it hard to believe claims then that might not be true.
Cheating Damages The Reputation
Any cheating is despicable because it damages your reputation as a person and company and none of that is immune. When you find yourself in that situation, stop and ask yourself if it is worth risking your business, work, and family and if your hunch says no! then don’t do it. It is always best, to be honest, and get ahead with things then cheat your way through things.
Students at the University of Central Florida do not know that professors will expose their cheating now they face a difficult dilemma whether they have to advance and lose face by having to take another exam and ethics class or still try to hide and face expulsion.
The most logical thing to do is to admit that cheating takes the ethics class again, learning from experience and continuing. Whereas for students who did not cheat they were sentenced they had to take the exam again. This situation did not come out as winners, but at least they were given a second chance. In the world of business, there is no second chance and you can say it and you’re done.