You’re a first-year analyst at an investment bank and happy to be working long hours to produce high quality work after having landed your dream job upon graduating from uni. You have the opportunity to work with one of the organisation’s most reputable senior bankers on a deal, and you're pleased when they compliment you on the presentation of your reports as well as your attention to detail.
Although there is a leader at the firm who is responsible for allocating workflow amongst the first-year analysts as well as managing their team morale, the senior banker always comes directly to you to request reports for certain deals that they are working on as they believe that you are “reliable” and have a “great standard of work”.
At first, you are content with turning a blind eye to the correct deal allocation process and with completing these requests on top of your existing work as you feel as though you are proving your value and will be well regarded by this senior banker, presenting potential development opportunities in the future. However, it soon becomes apparent to you that you are finding it increasingly difficult to balance your new workload, staying back at the office much longer than your peers in order to finish all your tasks. Furthermore, the leader responsible for first-year analysts notices that your quality of work for your allocated workflow has significantly declined, and is not aware that a senior banker has been exclusively requesting work from you.
What would you do?
- What is your duty in this situation?
- Who are you most accountable to?
We challenge you to create a healthy discussion with your colleagues and post a comment below. You could even encourage them to consider taking The Banking and Financial Services Oath!
Please share your ethical dilemmas with us - we can post them anonymously. You can email your dilemmas to email@example.com