ETHICS IN THE WORKPLACE
Results of a recent national study provide solid data that leaders who want to establish a practice of positive workplace ethics within their organizations should develop written ethics standards, provide ethics training, and ensure resources are available for employees in need of ethics advice.
In the 2000 NBES, we gathered information on three key elements of an ethics program: written ethics standards, ethics training, and means for employees to get ethics advice (e.g., a telephone help line or ethics office).
Gretchen Winter, vice president of business practices at Baxter International, puts it this way: By providing employees with ethics standards, training, and resources to get advice, organizations seek to create a work environment where (1) it's okay for employees to acknowledge that they have an ethical dilemma, and (2) resources are readily available to guide employees in working through such dilemmas before making decisions.
Employees who work in organizations with ethics programs, who see their leaders and supervisors modeling ethical behavior, and who see values such as honesty, respect, and trust applied "frequently" at work generally report more positive experiences regarding a range of ethics outcomes that include the following: These findings tell executives that a more positive ethical environment is strongly linked to a focus on ethics programs, to ethical modeling by leaders and supervisors, and to the "frequent" practice of key values such as honesty, respect, and trust.
With this information on ethics in the workplace the company can avoid embarrassing scandals. The business will be able to keep and attract more clients and customers. Negotiations between businesses could be handled with more understanding for the other company. In your business a high level of ethic should be place on the customer, but in the end it’s all about what the person knows about ethics.
References: Joseph, J. (n.d.). “Ethics in the Workplace”. The Center for Association Leadership. Retrieved November 13, 2013, from http://www.asacenter.org
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