It’s 3 p.m. Is Your Morality at Work Suffering?

I came across a study recently that found workers behave less ethically in the afternoon. The directors of the study said the “psychological depletion” people experience later in the day is to blame for their diminished morality at work. According to the study, stress, fatigue and repetitive tasks play a critical role in a person’s ability to make ethical decisions. Do you agree?

If you believe the study’s claims hold water, here are some pointers for maximizing your ethics at work:

Time it just right

Schedule important projects and meetings in the morning or after breaks. Leave tasks that don’t require a lot of critical thinking for later in the day.

Give yourself a break

Keep fatigue at bay with short breaks, particularly in the afternoon. Try to get away from your desk, if possible, by fetching a glass of water or healthy snack in the lunch room or going for a quick walk around the building.

Get enough Zs

Ensure you get plenty of sleep (preferably seven to nine hours, according to experts) at night so you can arrive at work refreshed and ready to focus on the tasks at hand.  

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