A Question of Ethics

Employee Performance in the Workplace: Ethical Conundrums

October 26, 2023

Today’s Question of Ethics Conversation looks at several ethical challenges regarding employee performance. It discusses four questions many supervisors face in their oversight role.

  • Can you, as a supervisor, remain friends with colleagues once you have become their boss?  This is an especially critical question when it comes time to promote someone, and you promote your “friend.”
  • Are performance reviews good or bad? Are they useful tools for supervisors and managers?
  • Is it ethical to use a personal relationship to get promoted in the workplace?
  • Is it ethical to treat each worker differently instead of having the same rules for everyone (e.g., working from home)?


Samantha Wallis: Deputy Trial Court Administrator, Supreme Court, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


Lizzie AlipazCourt Administrator for the Municipal Court in the town of Tinmath, Colorado
Peter Kiefer: Host of the Court Leader’s Advantage Podcast Series
Norman Meyer:  Retried Clerk for the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Mexico
Erika Schmid: Supervisor for the Multnomah County Circuit Court, 4th Judicial District, Portland, Oregon
Karl Thoennes: Court Administrator, 2nd Judicial Circuit, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Creadell Webb: Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer; First Judicial District, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Watch the conversation on YouTube. Or listen to the conversation on your way to or from work.

Leave a question or comment about the episode at ethics@nacmnet.org.