What recommendations would you offer the CEO to encourage a culture of honesty, openness, and assistance?
When it comes to encouraging a culture of honesty, openness, and assistance, there are several things that can be done. According to Long, the first thing that needs to be done is for the upper management to set the example (2013). You cannot expect the employees to be honest if management is dishonest. Management needs to promote open and honest communication between them and the employees. If an employee has a problem with their supervisor, there has to be a way for them to deal with the situation without fear. Also, if there is not open communication, if someone knows about something dishonest going on, they are less likely to report it. Management needs to communicate the importance of addressing mistakes as soon as they are realized (Long, 2013). It does not matter who made the mistake, it needs to be corrected as soon as possible. Everyone makes mistakes. It is part of being human. But if a mistake is not corrected it can be detrimental to the company. Next, when someone displays any negative or unethical behavior, it must be dealt with immediately (Long, 2013). If negativity or unethical behavior is not nipped in the bud, it can spread throughout the company. It will breed more and more negativity and unethical behavior. If it is dealt with swiftly and justly, it will keep others from trying to get away with it as well. The last thing that you could do to promote a culture of honesty, openness, and assistance is to recognize those who show honest behavior (Long, 2013). This recognition could be as simple as extra vacation days or a pay raise. If a person is honest and works for years at the same company and is never recognized for their work, they will burn out and begin to resent the company. That is when most of the fraud ends up happening, especially in small companies.
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References: Long, N. (2013). How to Create an Atmosphere of Honesty in the Workplace. Retrieved from http://smallbusiness.chron.com/create-atmosphere-honesty-workplace-10098.html
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