The next generation to enter the work force may be more likely to cheat and lie than their more senior colleagues, according to a recent survey.
Three-quarters of teenagers believe they are fully prepared to make ethical decisions, yet nearly 40 percent also believe lying, cheating or violence are necessary to succeed, according to the survey conducted by Junior Achievement Worldwide.
More than half of those teens said their personal desire to succeed is the rationale. There were 23 percent who said violence toward another person is acceptable on some level.
The number of teens willing to bend the rules has more than doubled since 2003, according to Ainar Aijala, chairman of Junior Achievement Worldwide.
"Kids are seeing evidence of successful politicians, professional athletes, religious leaders, lawyers and business professionals being dishonest — people they also see as their role models," Aijala said.