You suspect a colleague has received help in an exam from a senior member of staff who happens to plays a key role with the professional body. What do you do?
This is one of the scenarios presented by the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI) in the latest edition of its publication Integrity At Work in Financial Services.
In this case, the colleague has indicated that the senior member of staff may have left the question paper lying around intentionally, so that she could see it, although they may be joking.
According to CISI, the solution would not be to contact the professional body directly as wrongly accusing the senior colleague could damage everyone involve.
It added: "As with most dilemmas, discussion with a colleague or another person who can take an objective view is always sensible. In this case, because the dilemma involves his manager, [the subject] should raise the matter with his senior partner."
The CISI's publication includes 12 case studies, each one looking at a dilemma which may be faced by a financial services professional and how to address it in line with its Code of Conduct.
One of them features a financial adviser who comes across some discarded confidential documents after a chance meeting with a former colleague.
The documents, which contain client information, could be commercially valuable to the adviser, although CISI advised against using them.
"The most ethical course of action would be to shred the papers and to let [the former colleague] alone know what you have done, so that he is aware of the potential ramifications of his carelessness without the risk of causing harm to either you or him," it concluded.
Find out more about Integrity At Work in Financial Services here.
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