Firms 'put profit ahead of values'

Call centre staffWorkers believe there are different rules for senior managers and other members of staff, leaving many to regard business values as worthless, according to a study.

A survey of 2,000 employees found that two out of five felt that staff whose behaviour went against the values of their organisation either went unpunished or were even promoted.
Profit was placed ahead of values, said many of those polled by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Claire McCartney, research adviser at the CIPD, said: "Our evidence shows that there is currently a disconnect between business values and the personal values of employees.

"In view of this it is unsurprising that only half believe that organisations' values positively influence people's behaviour.

"This imbalance needs to be urgently addressed if we are to really see a new era of improved business culture."
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