We are enduring an unprecedented age of corporate ethical mistakes, to put it as blandly as possible. While most of us can’t control top management decisions, all of us can apply some basic principles to our daily lives and encourage others to do the same.

Sometimes it is difficult to know the right way.

Marianne M. Jennings, professor of business ethics at Arizona State University has some tips. Telltale statements indicating possible ethical lapses include:

“Everybody else does it.”

“It doesn’t really hurt anybody.”

“The system is unfair.”

“We’ve always done it this way.”

“If we don’t do it, someone else will.”

If your friends told you to jump off a cliff would you?

My parents always asked me, “if your friends jumped off the cliff, would you too?”

When you hear this language of rationalization, your ethical antennae should perk up. There is probably something going on that should be avoided.

Ask yourself, “What would it be like if it was blasted all over the internet or caught wind on social media?”