The annual integrity test, part 1

Integrity Test
Tom Haak

This is your annual integrity test

Please read each described situation carefully and judge to what extend you find the behaviour appropriate.

1= highly inappropriate, 2= inappropriate, 3= difficult to judge, 4 = appropriate, 5 = very appropriate

1 Good morning, sunshine

It is early on a Monday morning. Jack is always one of the first in the office. At 8.30 his secretary Marilyn arrives. He welcomes her by saying: “Good morning, sunshine”.

2 Lunch

Daphne is CEO of a mid-sized company. She has been in her job three years. The job is very demanding, and she easily works 70 hours per week. When she has no lunch appointment, she asks her secretary Iris to get some food from the company restaurant. Usually a salad and a piece of fruit. The costs of the lunch are put on the company account.

3 I deserve a 5-star hotel

The company where David works has no explicit expense policy. The expectation is that people can make their own judgment on what is appropriate. David always chooses the best five-star hotels in town. When a colleague makes a remark about this, his reasoning is: “I work very hard for the company, and I have to be fit when I negotiate with clients. Choosing a cheaper hotel is penny wise pound foolish”.

4 Can you help my daughter?

Dick’s daughter is studying international business at university. Part of her study is an internship of six months, at an organisation that is working internationally.
Dick contacts several of his big suppliers, to ask them if they would have an internship for his daughter.

5 Males only

Karen is the sales manager in a medium-sized company. This company wants to develop more business in the Middle East. Karen can hire two people for business development who will focus on the Middle East, working out of the UK. When Karen briefs the recruiter of HR her specification is clear: I want to see only male candidates, as it is difficult for a woman to do business the Middle East.

6 A personal touch

Donald is the leader of a business unit in a big multinational. Each year five young graduates start in Donald’s business unit, as part of the corporate trainee program. Donald likes to work with the young graduates, and his custom is to invite each of them for a dinner, to get to know them better.

7 Malaga

Ross is working in the London office. He has a second home in Malaga, Spain. He always plans the annual off-site of his management team in a hotel in Malaga.

8 A secret relation

Carl is working in HR. He is the business partner of the Fluid Liquids Division. He has a crush on Denise, a young high potential who works in one of the teams in the division. They date a couple of times and they start a relation. They keep it a secret from their colleagues at work.

9 Call Mohammed

Since a couple of months Shahid works at the IT help desk. He is responsible for installing the laptops for new employees and solving IT problems for the people at HQ. When Hans, the manager of corporate strategy, needs him, he asks his assistant: “Call Mohammed, I need him now!”.

10 Flowers

Rose is leading a big team in region South. She is a fantastic people manager. She knows the birthday of all her people. On your birthday there is always a big bouquet of flowers on your desk, with a personal message of Rose, like “happy birthday, great you are part of our team, Rose”. The flowers are charged to the company account.


Also do Part 2 of the Integrity Test

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