Organizations are typically encouraged to take a hard stand against employees’ unethical behaviors. After all, scandals at Enron, Arthur Anderson, and AIG have shown that unethical behaviors can tarnish an organization’s reputation, lead to considerable monetary losses, and even result in legal prosecutions and corporate shutdowns. So we’re told to make sure codes of conduct are actionable and go beyond window dressing. The swift discipline of employees who violate ethical standards is recommended.
"We Don't Shun Unethical Coworkers If They're High Performers" is from hbr.org, published on May 25, 2016.