Ethical Attitudes Surveys

Improve ethics in the workplace, issues related to research, and more.

Understanding the ethical attitudes of the people in your workplace (and the people you serve) make it easier to make good decisions. If you’re doing business globally, is it okay to accept a gift from a customer? As a doctor, is it okay to talk about a young adult’s case with their parents? As a teacher, when must you contact the authorities on a student’s behalf?

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Whatever attitudes you’re trying to understand, online surveys can help. Start with a template constructed by our experts, or create your own custom survey. SurveyMonkey can help you collect answers and analyse results, too. It’s easy, and you can get started for free.

How to Use Ethical Attitude Surveys

Attitudes about what’s ethical can vary from culture to culture and person to person. Use SurveyMonkey’s online questionnaires to gain insights about people’s ethical attitudes in almost any area of interest, including research, health care, education, government, and business. Or use them just for fun and cocktail party conversation. Here are a few suggestions.

  • Provide professional training and development. In addition to technical skills, professionals in many fields must have the soft skills to deal with ethical dilemmas. Online surveys can help respondents understand their own and others’ ethical attitudes, especially when working with a diverse public or in challenging and ambiguous situations. Organisations can use survey insights to develop training that helps professionals—such as those in the fields of healthcare, human services and public service and safety—to respond more confidently and compassionately in complex situations.
  • Promote student education and awareness. Give students great lessons through online polls they can respond to anonymously. Is bullying okay? What about taking money out of dad’s wallet without asking? What do you think you would have done in any number of historical situations? Use surveys to give your students interesting opportunities for insight and self-awareness as you get education feedback and explore classroom curricula.
  • Improve business conduct. Is it okay to accept gifts from partners and customers when doing business in their countries? What’s the protocol for treating or getting help for indigent clients or patients? Do all employee innovations belong to the corporation? Use online questionnaires as part of your training program to make sure your staff understands your organisation’s code of business conduct, HR policies, and applicable country laws.
  • Ensure best research practices. At the outset of a project, an online survey can be a useful tool for understanding researchers’ own ethical attitudes. How might they view—and potentially treat—their subjects? How do they feel about the ethics of the research itself? Insights into ethical attitudes can reveal the presence or lack of bias that might affect research outcomes. You can also help subjects feel safe by making sure surveys are anonymous.
  • Recruit and interview potential candidates. Online surveys about ethical attitudes can help you identify the types of volunteers, members, or candidates you’d like to join your non-profit, club, or company. Interviewing caretakers for your children or aging parents? Trying to find reliable house-sitters? Consider using an online survey for insights into how candidates might respond in common and uncommon situations.
  • Use for fun and entertainment. You find $1,000 in a rental car you just picked up. Do you keep it or turn it back into the rental agency? You just overheard your best friend encourage his son’s unsportsmanlike behaviour in a ballgame. Do you say something? If you’re looking for fun with Facebook surveys, create and share online surveys that poll friends and family for their responses to variety of ethical choices.

Sample Survey Templates

(Please note that some survey templates are only available in English at this time.)

With over 100 survey templates about business, education, human resources, government, and more, SurveyMonkey can help you create a survey on ethical attitudes quickly and easily. Professional survey methodologists write all of our templates, so you can use them as-is. You can also customise templates to fit your needs, or create your own using the certified questions available in our Question Bank.

Start with our survey templates for:

  • Human Resources. Use the Team Performance, Manager Effectiveness, Management Performance, and other Society of Human Resources Management’s Relationship Management templates to ask employees for their opinions about management, teams, or work situations. People leaving the company? Why? Use our Exit Interview and Leave of Absence templates to find out a bit more. Follow up with questions that explore the extent to which ethical attitudes (or lack thereof) may be affecting an employee’s or their colleagues’ experiences and job satisfaction—or perhaps prompting them to go elsewhere.
  • Education and Training. Explore a wide range of academic and education surveys as the foundation for your surveys about ethical attitudes in learning environments. Gain insights into the attitudes that contribute to challenging situations, using templates such as the School Climate survey or Stop Bullying survey. Provide ethics training, and then use our Seminar Evaluation template to ask for attendees’ feedback on its effectiveness.
  • Non-Profits. Couple our non-profit survey templates with questions about ethical attitudes on specific topics or situations to get your donors or volunteers thinking – and taking action. Incorporate questions about ethical attitudes into our Volunteer Recruitment template to find the right fit of personnel and project. Use our Advocacy Workshop survey template to find out how ready volunteers are to take action on particular issues or on behalf of particular groups of people.
  • Demographics. Incorporate questions about ethical attitudes with demographic surveys to gain insights into possible causal or correlating factors. Our six-question U.S. Demographics, snapshot template asks respondents about gender, age, education, employment, household income, and race. Additionally, the 12-question U.S. Demographics, full template asks about geographic location, housing, marital status, ethnicity, business or farm ownership, and personal income.
  • SurveyMonkey Audience. What do working mothers in the Midwest U.S. think of teenagers being allowed to serve in the military once they’re 18 even though they can’t drink alcohol until they’re 21? What do managers think of co-workers dating? Use SurveyMonkey Audience to reach specific target audiences for feedback on ethical attitudes about specific topics or situations.

4 Quick Tips to Improve Survey Response Rates

We provide guides on how to write good survey questions, as well as create and conduct surveys. Check them out! And in the meantime, try these tips to encourage respondents to complete your surveys.

  1. Make responses anonymous. Many people hesitate to offer opinions or feedback sensitive in nature. Consider making responses anonymous—and be sure to let your respondents know that’s the case.
  2. Explain the purpose of your survey. Explain the purpose of your survey in a brief introduction. Tell your respondents how you’ll use the information. For example: “We want to know more about the people who will be working with our clients so we can match the right volunteer with the right project.”
  3. Make your survey as accessible as possible. Reach as many people as possible for insights on common ethical situations. All of our standard survey designs are accessible (by U.S. Section 508 standards), and you can deliver them online in a variety of ways or by telephone.
  4. Pre-test your survey. Pre-test your survey on a few members of your intended audience. You might uncover inconsistencies or unexpected question interpretations.

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