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Jodi O'Callaghan

The ethics of long hours and overtime... what would you do?

In the lead up to the summer break you had been working very long hours and spending a considerable amount of time away from your family. You took two weeks off over the holiday period and promised your partner you will be enjoying some quality time with your family during the break.

However... on the second day of your holiday which is a two hour drive from your office, you receive a message on your phone that your manager would like you to come into the office as something urgent has come up in relation to a proposal you have been working on - it sounds like this could make a serious dent in your time off.

You have some concerns about job security given there were recent redundancies and given the client you could win from this proposal, the loss of business would be significant.

What would you do?

We challenge you to create a healthy discussion with your colleagues and post a comment below. You could even encourage them to consider taking The Banking and Finance Oath!

Please share your ethical dilemmas with us - we can post them anonymously. You can email your dilemmas to dilemma@thebfo.org 

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Anonymous on Tuesday, 14 Jan 2020
Pardon me for answering anonymously, but sometimes a candid response requires anonymity. This does not seem like a moral dilemma to me. It seems to be a question about the obedience of bankers and the power imbalance between the bank and the banker. In practice, the bank manager will expect the banker to cancel their leave, will not cover the costs of rebooking, and may punish the banker for not complying with expectations.
Glenn Homan on Friday, 10 Jan 2020
If your the Cro or you report to them, and it’s urgent. Your driving back to the office.

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