When someone, especially management or anyone in authority, deliberately commits a wrongful act, ethically, morally or legally, the worst thing they can do to exacerbate the situation is to not admit their culpability or try to deny their actions and create a cover-up.
Only by taking immediate responsibility for their actions can the guilty party ever hope to gain any sympathy from others.
By informing management first personally and explaining the reasons for their actions, the guilty party gains favor comes judgment time, as opposed to management finding out on their own about the erroneous actions from other sources.
Worst of all, if the management is going to be held accountable for the actions of the guilty party, then the management's previous lack of knowledge of the actions will not only embarrass the management, but may also compound the degree of penalty pronounced upon them for being the supervisors of the one having committed the guilty actions.
There should be no hesitation in admitting to having committed any actions openly, if one believes the actions were truly justified, regardless of the consequences.
By remaining silent, however, acceptance of the guilt in the complicity of the actions is implied and will lead to unfavorable decisions.
To voluntarily admit or to not admit having committed something, is the easiest question to ask oneself before undertaking any action that one thinks may be considered wrongful by others.
There is only one right answer to this question and it doesn't take a medical degree of Dr. Crusher's to arrive at the correct answer of admitting to the wrong-doing.
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