Employee attitudes towards workplace ethics during the Covid-19 pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand

Karin Lasthuizen, Grant Michelson

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This research note uses national survey evidence collected in May 2021 to explore the views and attitudes of employees in Aotearoa New Zealand towards workplace ethics. We compare these findings with data from a previous Ethics at Work employee survey in 2018 to highlight key trends in workplace ethics over time. Results show several improvements over time but also some areas of concern. To show how New Zealand employees have responded during the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 results from Australian employees – as well as the 2021 global results of employees from 13 countries which include both New Zealand and Australia – are also presented. Our findings are discussed through a moral economy framework, which positions employment as a relationship with significant dependencies and mutualities between labour and capital. Importantly, this relationship is intended to enhance human and societal flourishing. We conclude that this framework provides an opportunity to rethink how employment relations in Aotearoa New Zealand might be understood and practised.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages13
JournalNew Zealand journal of employment relations
Issue number2
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Dec 2022


  • employee attitudes
  • Business ethics
  • ethical codes
  • ethical leadership
  • moral economy
  • Covid-19


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