Unethical behavior at the workplace is a topic that also needs to be taken very seriously at Swiss companies. This conclusion is corroborated by the figures contained in KPMG’s latest study “Fraud & Ethics at the Workplace in Switzerland”. The study also shows that the impact of a company’s culture on employee behavior is just as strong as the influence of colleagues who engage in unethical workplace behavior.
In cooperation with the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich and Erasmus University Rotterdam, KPMG has extensively researched the questions of why and under which circumstances employees engage in unethical behavior. The study “Fraud & Ethics at the Workplace in Switzerland” proves that the unethical behavior of colleagues can have a highly negative impact on a person’s own behavior. Incorporating data from the Swiss HR Barometer of ETH Zurich also revealed that the atmosphere, culture and feel-good factor of a workplace have a strong impact on employees’ deviant behavior.