You’re a new risk analyst at an organisation, hired a few months into the onset of COVID-19 you start working from home immediately with the rest of your colleagues.
Although your team is friendly you find it hard to approach them sometimes as they have their own deliverables on top of the training agenda they have put together for you. Your role is very heavy on models created on Microsoft Excel, and your training for the new job is done solely through video call and screensharing on Zoom.
There is an online team chat for any questions, but the nature of your work is quite urgent, and you can get anxious when replies are delayed. It is a hectic business environment with many transactions occurring.
After a couple of months your director asks you to conduct a data reconciliation check between a few different models. You have received basic training on this, and you are fairly confident of your ability. It’s crucial to deliver this within the timeline as an internal team is depending on it to progress the client’s work. You probably
won’t hear back in time from the colleague who would normally provide guidance over Zoom and this could be a good opportunity to stand out.
What would you do?
- Who are you most accountable to in this situation?
- What ethical considerations would you give to this?
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Note, this dilemma was first published by The BFSO in November 2019.