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The ethics of reporting… what would you do?

Thursday 24 March, 2022
by Anonymous

A colleague in the same team has been working on a project with you which requires you both to meet in person. As you live quite close to each other, rather than meeting in the office you are meeting in each other's homes.
Ethis of Reporting photo by Amy Hirsci

When you started the project, lunch and snacks were provided by your colleague as you often went past working hours. You had offered to either bring food with you or to contribute financially to the spread provided, but your colleague had always declined saying that she was going to be reimbursed by your organisation. When you asked how, she was fairly vague about submitting receipts she had collected. The cost was not a lot and you were working over-time but this didn't feel right to you.

What would you do?

Do you have any duty or obligation to your organisation? 

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