There is no universal moral code to guide businesses through complex dilemmas about what is right or wrong. Business ethics contain principles and standards that guide the behavior of business. It entails what is right or wrong, and dictates what behavior is acceptable within the organization. Attention to ethics in the workplace sensitizes management and employees to how they should conduct themselves while in the workplace. Being conscious of ethics in the workplace will help ensure that when managers and employees are facing crucial times and decision making, that they will uphold the values and ethics of the company.
Ethics training in the workplace should be a major concern to companies and employees as a whole. The ethical framework of a company defines who they are, and their reputation relies upon it. A company should start by having an ethics policy in place and promote its use to everyone in the organization. This should include extensive training, evaluations and promotion of the ethics policies. Use staff meetings, and other training sessions to discuss the ethical overview of the company. Be sure to have a clear and visible statement in regards to your core business principles.
Ways to Enforce Ethics Training
The ethics policy and procedure training will not be effective unless the employees know that the policies exist. Having several ways of communicating the message will enforce its viability. The employees should become very familiar with the policies and act in accordance with the policies. The training can be implemented in several ways that will reinforce the company’s position on adhering to the code of conduct. Below is a list of examples on how a company can train their employees on ethics.
1. Make new employees aware of the ethics policy when they begin working at the company.
2. Review the ethics code of conduct in management and employee trainings.
3. Having upper management review the ethics policy will reinforce the training within the management team.
4. Resolving any ethical dilemmas that may arise in accordance with the guidelines will reinforce the belief that the company has in the policy.
5. Include ethical performance evaluations and appraisals. Reward employees who demonstrate the ethical values of the company.
6. Provide all employees within the organization a copy of the ethics policy.
The decision to do right or wrong may not be an easy decision to everyone. Having an ethical code of conduct in place within an organization should encourage the employee to make the correct decision. The training and management that has occurred with the implementation should lead them to make a decision that is in accordance with the ethics and culture of the company.
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