Code of Ethics
What is the purpose?
December 27, 2013
The world is filled with decisions to be made both in business and from a personal standpoint. All too often however, these worlds cross and an unethical decision could cause a scar on the company that could last indefinitely. In order to teach ethical behavior to the employees of a company one must first demonstrate the behavior themselves. Develop a culture of honesty, trust, and accountability that others will follow and in turn use in their own daily lives. A good standard Code of Ethics within any company will also place in writing the expectations a company has of its employees in the treatment of others, customers and co-workers alike. It is important to recruit, hire, and train management staff that will strictly abide by a Code of Ethics, employees are likely to follow their director and display the behavior shown to them in a presumed means of keeping their jobs intact. Good working strategies on teaching ethical behavior within the company are: Ethics Training
Choose a training system that will work well within the company. There are many available options for employee training on ethical decision making, such as; online courses, purchasable written material, and group session scenario guidelines. Try and avoid material that is outdated-these options tend to not grasp the attention of your employees, especially those of a younger generation. More time will be spent mocking the ‘out-dated’ attire then learning from the presentation. Be sure to include the Human Resources department to assist with training and selection of material, their roll should included much of the training involved in order to present materials from a legal and employee centered focus. Try to incorporate active learning-this will ignite the information in the minds of the employees when similar situations arrive. The training environment should be welcoming so that all learners feel safe to participate. (NCPHP, 2012) Once the training has been completed hand out an ethical decision making model that can be attached to a name badge so that the model is readily available for needed situations. A good example could be: (McMillan, 2013)
Conduct periodic training sessions.
Review techniques for making ethical decisions. To change behaviors, a one-time seminar will probably not be effective. Regular meetings or reviews are necessary to create a real shift in practice. (Sable, 2013) Provide frequent reminders of the expected behavior through posters, stickers, or other tangible articles to maintain a constant outlook on ethics.
Performance Reviews to Include Ethical Behavior
Including Ethical Decision Making in the performance review will be a constant reminder to everyone that their behavior is being monitored and will be graded during their review. Reward responsible behaviors to encourage continuance from the employee and motivate other employees to follow suit. (Sable, 2013) However, you may need to address issues or concerns between reviews: Deal with ethical offenses swiftly to strengthen company values (Sable, 2013) as well as show other employees that a breach of ethics at any level of employment is not acceptable. Don't let code breaches go unnoticed (Sable, 2013), moreover don’t let actions that validate the Code go unseen. Promote a positive environment for the changes. Don't ignore reports of unethical behaviors, especially if they are illegal (Sable, 2013). Doing so could cause much larger issues and an outbreak of poor behavior among other staff.
Code of Ethics
A Code of Ethics is a written set of guiding principles that are established for all employees from the highest of levels of placement to the end of the line. The Code of Ethics shows not only the employees of the company the level of accountability expected, but also the consumers interested in the product...
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