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The Ethics Test

Questions

The Ethics Test has been designed to help determine how ethical a person you may be and in what areas you may need to rethink your beliefs and perhaps alter your behavior if necessary. Consistency in thought, word and deed are essential to a well-balanced and integrated personality.

GENERAL/PERSONAL: Answer the following questions with a "Yes" or a "No".

1 If you know someone; friend, business associate or colleague who has committed a crime, would you report it?
2 If you know someone, friend, business associate, colleague who has lied to someone causing them emotional, physical, mental or financial harm, would you tell the person who was wronged?
3 If you unknowingly passed on a lie to a third party, would you admit it to the person and try to make amends?
4 Do you believe it is wrong to threaten someone anonymously?
5 Do you believe it is wrong to read someone else's mail or email?
6 Do you believe it is wrong to copy software or use someone else's bootleg software?
7 Do you believe it is wrong to make copies of CD's of copyrighted music?
8 Do you believe it is wrong to hack into someone else's computer?
9 Do you believe it is wrong to forge a letter/signature or email as a joke, as revenge or to get something?

BUSINESS:

10 Do you believe it is wrong to use your position to obtain sexual favors with the promise of promotion and/or threat of dismissal?
11 Do you do business consistent with your company's stated values?
12 If you're not sure about something would you ask another before acting?
13 Do you believe it is wrong to fudge an ethical problem by saying you "tried" to get the answer?
14 Do you believe it is wrong to take home office supplies from your employer?
15 Do you believe it is wrong to use work time to chat or surf the net on your employer's computer?
16 Do you believe it is wrong to put false information in your resume?
17 Do you work competently, diligently and with integrity for your clients and employers?
18 Are you honest in your representations of your skills, knowledge, services and products?
19 Do you endeavor to preserve the integrity and security and proprietary nature of the information of others?
20 Do you endeavor to preserve the confidentiality of the information of others?
21 Would you advise your clients or employer of any potential conflicts of interest you may have?
22 Do you accept responsibility for the quality of your work?
23 Would you advise your clients and/or employers when you believe an action is not in their best interest?
24 Would you advise your clients or potential clients as to the unsuitability of a product or service for them if that was the case?
25 Do you give realistic estimates for projects under your control?
26 Do you qualify your opinions when they are based on limited knowledge or experience?
27 Do you give credit for work done by others where credit is due?

SEX:

28 Are your sexual preferences or practices consistent with your morals?
29 Do you believe it is wrong to cheat on your partner in an agreed monogamous relationship?
30 Do you believe that infidelity is a profound violation of trust?
31 If you were unfaithful would you admit it to your partner and try to make amends?
32 If you had an STD, (sexually transmitted disease) would you tell a prospective lover before you were intimate with them?

SOCIETY/ENVIRONMENT:

33 If you hit a parked car would you leave a note for the owner claiming responsibility for the accident?
34 Do you believe it is wrong to lie in court if you knew you wouldn't be caught in order to get out of a fine?
35 Do you believe it is wrong to inflate the value of your personal belongings in your claim to the insurance company if your house burnt down?
36 Do you believe it is wrong to cheat on your income tax in a minor way thinking the big guys and corporations do it all the time?
37 Do you believe it is wrong to dump garbage somewhere other than the appropriate place, justifying it by saying it was too small to cause any harm?
38 Do you believe it would be wrong to beg out of jury duty because you fear a loss of income or inconvenience?
39 Do you believe it is wrong to sound a false fire alarm?
40 Do you believe it is wrong to deface the walls with graffiti.

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