Dear Mr. Ethics,
I consider myself an ethical person. Doing the right thing has always come easy. I am now faced with a situation where I am uncertain what to do. The construction manager on a project I am running has confided in me that he anticipates taking a new job in a few weeks. He is trying to clear out some outstanding change orders before that time. He is negotiating hard with me over the change orders but once we settle on a cost he adds a bump to it as recognition of the good relationship we have had on the project. My problem is that I like the “bump” I am getting but it feels unethical. Should I tell the CM’s boss and the owner what is occurring?
Regards, Change Order Conflicted
I do not think you should contact either the CM’s boss or the owner. First you do not know if something may occur where the CM will not get the new position. Second, you say the CM is negotiating hard on behave of his company and the owner. If you are concerned about the “bump” thank the CM for the gesture but refuse it.
Regards, Mr. Ethics.