Magazine article Journal of Property Management

I Have a Duty to Report, but I'm Scared! You Observe Unethical Behavior on the Part of a Fellow IREM Member. What Do You Do? to Complicate Things, What If That Person Is Your Friend, Your Co-Worker or Even Your Boss?

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

I Have a Duty to Report, but I'm Scared! You Observe Unethical Behavior on the Part of a Fellow IREM Member. What Do You Do? to Complicate Things, What If That Person Is Your Friend, Your Co-Worker or Even Your Boss?

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Your first inclination may be to look the other way, pretend not to see the discretion and hope the matter disappears. Whether you are a CPM Member, other credentialed member or Associate Member, you have a duty to uphold the I REM Code of Professional Ethics, and you are obligated to take action to correct the problem.

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No one wants to be known as a tattletale, and most of us work in close-knit communities where property managers, especially I REM members, know each other and want to help--not hurt--each others careers. So how do you go about diplomatically addressing the concern without having the matter backfire?

INVESTIGATE FIRST

As with any problem or concern, it is best to first investigate to make sure you aren't misunderstanding the matter. Review whatever documentation is available in a quiet, confidential manner. It also helps to read the Code to ensure the matter is of an ethical nature, as opposed to an error in judgment or a human error.

GIVE THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT

It's always best to bring behavioral concerns to the persons attention and talk to he or she about what von believe is improper--there may be more to the story. Ideally, the person will appreciate your alerting him or her to the issue, and even take the appropriate steps to correct the problem. …

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