Despite the approximately 896 bazillion laws we’ve enacted as a nation in an attempt to force us all to do the right things, it appears that the answer is a louder “YES” than ever before.

We recently asked 3,423 business professionals this question:

Are we getting more or less ethical?

The response? A whopping 65% answered “less,” with only 14% saying “more.” 20% said “same.”

That means that nearly five times as many of our respondents think we’re getting slimier rather than saintlier. Yikes.

Unfortunately, our data mirrors other recent studies which found that:

  • 70% of employees say they’ve violated company IT policies.
  • A record 65% say they’ve reported bad workplace behavior.
  • 13% report being pressured to break work rules (up 63% versus past results).
  • 22% have faced retaliation after reporting (up 47%).

On top of all that, there have been countless news stories over the past several months of business leaders, HR professionals and even coaching legends getting fired — with some going to jail — for unethical misconduct.

So, what should employers do to reverse these disturbing trends? Tune in tomorrow to find out.

(Sources: Cisco, Ethics Resource Center)