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The ethics of working remotely… what would you do?

Wednesday 21 October, 2020
by Anonymous

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. 


There are 2 comments for The ethics of working remotely… what would you do?.

Re: The ethics of working remotely… what would you do?

Thursday 22 October, 2020
by George
This is more a management/leadership issue. The new analyst should have the opportunity to feedback and discuss any of these concerns and issues to her boss. I would say it is the analyst's responsibility to arrange this with her boss. She is responsible to all her stakeholders. However, she needs to be able to do her job. Being at home doesn't mean you are on your own. She has to reach out well in advance and not think she has to work in isolation.

Re: The ethics of working remotely… what would you do?

Thursday 22 October, 2020
by Linda
I've felt this pressure already with working in a new office and not having immediate support due to lack of training and staff taking unexpected leave. You need to reach out and ask for help from all resources/people/contacts available if you feel your wavering from delivering. Talking and communicating and not thinking you have to stand out and take all on your own shoulders. We are all human and we will succeed sometimes and we are allowed to fail sometimes too.

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