If someone offered you a large amount of money for some information about one of your company's products, would you accept it? Assume you know you won't be discovered.
This comes down to personal morality and how your conscience would allow you to go on knowing what you've done. For someone with no moral compass, it'd probably be real easy to just say yes, especially they'd never be found out. On the other hand, I couldn't do it. It wouldn't matter to me that no one else would find out what I'd done. I would know and that would be enough to deter me. Besides, let's think about the long-term ramifications of selling company secrets to a competitor. What if they take that information and eventually outdo your company. What happens to you then? Sure you may have gotten a nice kick back for giving out that information, but if they use it to put your employers out of business you're left without a job. A lot of people are probably without a job. And it would be all your fault. Just because you wanted to make some quick cash that you probably just threw away on hookers and booze. Shame on you!
*Question of the Week comes from The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.