Do I have a duty to report a business conduct violation?

I’m involved in a sticky work situation. I have become aware of a manager’s conduct that is in violation of our standards of business conduct policy. This is not my manager, but another manager. Do I have a duty to report this? Can I get in trouble for not reporting this?

You’ve designed this as a Monday morning brain teaser since we are scant on details here, but I’m game to play.

The answer is actually really simple. Even without knowing more details or even the nature of the violation, the answer is yes, you do have a duty to report it. Whether or not you do so because of company policy or by virtue of your own ethics is secondary. This is your livelihood as well as that of the other employees. Everyone has a duty of loyalty to their company and to make sure the right things are being done to ensure its health and success, and that all employees are being treated fairly and professionally.

You can do so confidentially by going to the human resources or legal department, or by telling your boss. By protecting the company, you are also protecting yourself and your colleagues.

I’m a college intern and I start my internship next week. How should I dress? Do I need to go out and buy a business wardrobe?

What are they teaching you in school today, college grad? In my day… OMG, I sound just like my father!

OK, kids, listen up. The truth is that many schools are not good at preparing you for life outside of your safe spaces. How you dress for your internship is a good question, but one better directed to the company that hired you. It’s OK to ask. They will tell you.

Obviously, dress varies by company and industry. Chances are, however, you will need some new clothes given how so many college students dress. It seems you’re either in pjs and sweatpants or dressed for a night out, with a gap in your closet where your work-wear should be. So ask and dress the part — it’s no more complicated than that.


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