Unethical behaviors occur throughout the work place more often than one may notice. Each person has their own values and that is the same for businesses. There have been some mistakes made by companies that have been noticed along the way. One example is JPMorgan Chase. This company is known for being one of the worlds largest financial institutions. Unfortunately, this company was supposably caught “committing civil fraud.” To settle the charges they must pay $228 million dollars. According to this article by Bryan Cain-Jackson, JPMorgan’s Latest Show Of Unethical Behaviors,JPMorgan’s Securities LLC made secret deals with companies to see competitor’s offered certain cities and counties. This sketchy business made a lot of money for JPMorgan Chase. After reviewing what occurred, the employees involved were let go. Also according to this article, JPMorgan Chase employees are given large bonuses and the company realizes that they will not be receiving any money back. This does not bring shock to my mind. I am sure there are many more unethical decisions being made by other companies especially larger ones. The amount of money JPMorgan Chase has to pay due to a poor decision blows my mind but I believe this will be a lesson learned by those past employees.
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This week I was assigned to interview a person whose profession is associated with Public Relations. I automatically knew exactly who this person would be. I use to be a nanny in the summer time while I had time off from school. Ends up the mother who I was a nanny for has background and knowledge about this field. Her name is Rene Martin and she currently works for OneAmerica Financial. Since she is currently busy working full time and a mother of three children, I figured the easiest way to conduct this interview was through the phone. I asked her a variety of questions related to her career and her experience.
Questions asked during the interview:
1. What is a typical week like while you are working?
A: I am constantly in scheduled meetings and interviewing people for future jobs.Overall we talk about what is going on with the company, the employment side,and also if OneAmerica is currently being brought up in the news. I also do a lot of public service announcements.
2. What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in this industry?
A: Be as open minded and flexible as you can. Think outside the box and put yourself in another persons shoes. If you are delivering a message make sure it represents the company in a way they want to be represented. You may have to play devils advocate but use problem solving skills. Also be responsible and on top of your work. If a company sees you were involved in college and graduated in a good academic standing then you are more likely to be looked upon.
3. Did your education prepare you for your job?
A: Yes, it taught me the knowledge I needed for this career. It also taught me to stay on top of current events in the world and to be an expert in what you are doing. You have to know at all times what competitors are doing as well.
4. Do you believe this industry has changed?
A: I do, the lack of integrity, people can be dishonest because they are interested in the image. The companies need to be more focused on their actual values than what sounds good to your audience. People lose cite of what is important.
5. Where are you currently working?
A: I am working for OneAmerica in their Human Resources department, there is also a Public Relations and Marketing department but we all go together hand in hand.
6. Do you believe technology has helped or hurt this industry?
A: I believe it is both ways. Technology has helped us be more up to date and receive news faster but sometimes that destroys companies.
I also asked Rene if she uses linked in or any sort of online cite to get herself out there as a professional and she did mentioned LinkedIn. She believes that using the internet to promote yourself in certain career fields is the best way to find jobs or be contacted for a job.
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The Super Bowl always catches the worlds eyes, from the entertaining half time performances to the completely ridiculous commercials being played for a large fortune, you will easily find yourself laughing at some point. Don’t get me wrong most sports fans watch this annual game to see which team comes out on top, but this year the Calvin Klein add caught many viewers attention.
The upbeat music blaring in the background wasn’t the only noticeable thing that sparked my attention but the attractive man wearing the so called “Concept” underwear. This short sixteen second commercial will surely forever be stuck in my head. Although we are living in a modern society, where mostly everything is in color, this advertisement is shown in the rarely seen black and white. I personally do not believe this is a controversial topic, but to men watching they may find this to be odd. Why would a company have a muscular grown man in an ad during the Super Bowl? We can’t assume that only males watch the game, women do as well. We look at this male figure and most of the viewers are stunned because this is the ideal body in the world we are living in. This not only advertising underwear for men but makes us as viewers stop and realize we should all look at our appearance especially since we often find a new gym being built on almost every corner.
Calvin Klein did an awesome job with this short commercial. It did the job it was suppose to do, sell the produce and show the world what we as people are suppose to look like. Skinny and fit! image credit: Nicola.Albertini via Compfight