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New workers can use 'Ethics 101'

The next generation to enter the work force might be more likely to cheat and lie than their more senior colleagues, according to a recent survey.

Three-quarters of teenagers believe they are fully prepared to make ethical decisions, yet nearly 40 percent also believe lying, cheating or violence are necessary to succeed, according to the survey conducted by Junior Achievement Worldwide and Deloitte & Touche USA LLP.

More than half of those teens said their personal desire to succeed is the rationale. There were 23 percent who said violence toward another person is acceptable on some level.

"Kids are seeing evidence of successful politicians, professional athletes, religious leaders, lawyers and business professionals being dishonest -- people they also see as their role models," said Ainar Aijala, the chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide and global managing partner at Deloitte.

The survey was conducted online with a sample of 725 people age 13 to 18.

Firm compiles odd workplace stories

Outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas Inc. recently released a list of what it called 2007's most unbelievable workplace stories. Some highlights:

- Workers in Scotland lined up to take classes that encouraged flirting to get ahead in their careers. Class exercises included purring like a kitten and dancing like Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake.

- A new tactic to shame delinquent policemen in Thailand who commit misdemeanors, such as littering or coming to work late, requires them to stay in the office all day and sport an armband featuring a Hello Kitty surrounded by hearts.

- An Iowa woman was fired in January for keeping a diary about how she avoids work. Some of the entries detailed her efforts to fool management into believing she was hard at work.

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