How would you respond to your employer who praises you for a job well done, while knowing full well that your colleague did most of the work?
Would you respond without reference to your colleague? Or, only mention him in passing? Or, make sure he gets most of the credit? Or, move the conversation so that both of you get credit?
How you respond is an ethical choice and will reflect on your integrity.
Joe thought he had all his basis covered at work. He was a hard worker. He liked his job, came in early and often stayed late to finish things that were piling up. However, Joe had a secret. He often took things from the office: from time to time a ream of paper for his home computer, pens, a small tool, a stapler, a bag of coffee from the staff kitchen. Always things that he could easily stick in his back pack or brief case. They were just little things which went unnoticed. He convinced himself that he wasn't really stealing from the company. He was just compensating for the work he did for coming in early or leaving late. Joe was making a choice to steal from his company bit by bit.
Do you find yourself taking something that doesn't belong to you from the office? Do you think it will tarnish your integrity? Is it something small that could lead to something big? The choices we make regarding small things often determine the way people will view our integrity in the long term.