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Both while on RFPs or off, had multiple situations with constantly being offered gifts and unsolicited meal offers by companies from a specific geographical area/culture and when I didn't accept them, they claimed it was cultural for them.
Had to explain (and still do) that these gifts were unethical in our company culture and the best way for them to honour us was presenting the best possible solutions/proposals.
Interesting your question
Thanks for sharing
I recently created a topic about Fairness and Project Management
To be able to behave in line with the PMI Code of Ethics is essential:
1. Read the code of ethics
2. Understand the Code of Ethics Principles well
3. Talk about (debate) the Code of Ethics Principles (deepen our knowledge)
4. Know Ethical Decision-Making Framework
5. Be aligned with the Code of Ethics Principles and the Ethical Decision-Making Framework
Since the vast majority of Project Managers (in our community) simply "click the button", we are witnessing non-alignment with the Code of Ethics Principles every day.
Fortunately, not that much.
Thanks for bringing it up, and sharing your nice way to decline it
It didn't happen last year. It is still in many projects.
It has to do with individual ethic. You know that bonuses, when they exist, are based on potential profits. When you identify risk and put values to them you decrease potential profits.
People downplay the value of risk or just don't admit risk.
How to solve it, is beyond the project, it is in corporate Human resources management.
I agree with you regarding the risks involved with such "bonuses" and the way people downplay them.
Within the corporate environment, HR should work and foster this ethical mindset explaining risks (and providing examples), and creating a company culture that does not tolerate such behaviours. This should be a recurrent team.
I work and discuss these topics with my teams and although I believe I had success with this, one never knows for sure...
Perhaps I should've had elaborated better... We are not talking about small non-expensive gifts or merchandising... and I believe their expect results is much more than goodwill :)
I agree with the threshold, since common sense sometimes is not that common at all...
We know ourselves best when it comes to receiving gifts. If a $15 restaurant tab makes me feel indebted then I will refuse to have someone else pay it.
That lack of common sense I see happening a lot... People feel indebted for small things and think they will keep getting them without making any long term considerations/analysis...
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