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The annual integrity test, part 2

17th, January 2015
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by Tom Haak
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Annual Integrity Test

This is part 2 of the annual integrity test.

Participation is voluntary.

Please read each described situation carefully and judge to what extend you find the behavior appropriate.
1= highly inappropriate, 2= inappropriate, 3= difficult to judge, 4 = appropriate, 5 = very appropriate.

  1. Arne if flying to New York with a junior consultant, Jacky, to make a pitch for a large law firm. The company policy: partners can fly business class on intercontinental trips. The consequence: Arne flies in the front, Jacky in the back. “See you later” Arne said, when he was able to board as one of the first.
  2. The marketing team had a fantastic dinner at one of the trendy restaurants in town. They were celebrating the successful launch of the new campaign. With 200 dollar per person the bill was on the high side. Tom, VP marketings, asks Rupert, marketing manager, to pay the bill. In this way Tom can approve the expenses, and he does not have to ask his boss to approve.
  3. Anne is very positive about the new intern, Bob. Bob is fantastic, and in fact he is a lot better than many of the junior people they hired in the past years. When Anne learns Bob only gets 300 Euros per month, as an internship allowance, she thinks he deserves more. For his last two months of his internship she pays him an additional 300 Euros per month extra (cash), out of her own pocket.
  4. Simon is traveling abroad. A letter, confirming the booking of an hotel for the annual shareholder meeting, has to signed latest Friday. Simon asks his assistant Mandy to sign. “You know my signature better than I do”.
  5. Ted always asks his assistant to book KLM, even if it is more expensive than another airline. He likes the airmiles and the Delft Blue houses with jenever you get in business class.
  6. Caroline is looking for a new apartment in Amsterdam. Her working day generally starts with a check on the various housing sites, if there is anything new. The market is now so hot, that you have to act very fast if there is new property on the market.
  7. Bill has taken a taxi from the airport to the hotel. The taxi driver drives as if he is in a pursuit. While he is driving he is calling a colleague to ask directions to the hotel (in a language Bill does not understand). Bill feels a bit unsafe and he hopes the hotel is nearby. (Please judge Bill’s behavior, not the taxi drivers).
  8. When Amanda wants to make a point, and that is very often, she tends to touch you to emphasize her arguments. She will touch your hand or your arm. If she is really serious, she will take your hand in her hands.
  9. Patrick has visited the Columbus office. Rodney, the Columbus office manager, has given patrick a good bottle of whiskey, to thank him for the support during the difficult last year. Patrick takes the bottle home.
  10. Charles has worked for a big advertising agency. In his new corporate position he gives most assignments to his old agency. “They are the best, and we need the best”, is what he says.




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About the Author: Tom Haak


Tom Haak is the founder and director of The HR Trend Institute. Prior to founding the HR Trend Institute in 2014, Tom held senior HR positions in companies as Arcadis, Aon, KPMG and Philips. The HR Trend Institute detects, follows and encourages smart and creative use of trends in the field of people and organizations, and also in adjacent areas.