A recent Junior Achievement survey of American teenagers finds that 80% of U.S. teens believe they are ethically prepared to make moral business decisions, although nearly 40% believe they need to “break the rules” in order to succeed.
Perhaps more troubling is that 27% think behaving violently is sometimes, often or always acceptable. And, 20% report that they have behaved violently toward another person during the past year.
Among those who say they are ethically prepared, 49% said lying to parents and guardians is acceptable, and 61% say they have lied to parents or guardian within the past year.
This survey should prompt concern about an entire generation’s future workplace behavior. It forecasts serious challenges to businesses as to their need to prepare and train these future leaders.
- Source: Christian Post, 02/18/09.