Improving Ethical Behavior
Improving Ethical Behavior is a task that many companies recently have begun to strive to achieve. Ethical behavior is behavior that is morality based and demonstrated by choosing the right way to behave, think, act, etc. It is characterized by honesty, equality, and shows consistency in personal values. In the professional/work world, it is characterized by fairness and equity and the ability to do what is right, even when most others are doing what is wrong. Ethical behavior is at root the embodiment of the affect of the feelings and beliefs of the individual person. In the professional world, improving ethical behavior has its challenges on both the organizational side and the employee side. The City of Chicago, the third largest municipality by population in the United States, established a Board of Ethics in 1987 to “administer and enforce the Governmental Ethics and Campaign Financing ordinances” previously established in the City’s municipal code. These particular ordinances appear to regulate the behavior of all those who do business with the city including employees, elected officials, appointed officials, lobbyists, city vendors and anyone else who interacts with city agencies or personnel. According to the City of Chicago’s Board of Ethics website, their mission is to enhance public confidence, interpret the ordinances, regulate conduct, and investigate complaints. The Board of Ethics does more than exist as an office. They provide education and training which includes ethics presentations, classes and workshops; distributes policy memoranda and, provide online training and seminars. They provide enforcement and regulation of ethics ordinances by monitoring contributions made to elected officials, audit information reported in public filings, and in recent efforts to provide more transparency to city government, makes public documents such as activity reports filed by lobbyists, gift disclosures,...
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