Companies which follow certain business ethics have better chances of survival, as compared with the ones whose only goal is to make profits, even if they have to make several compromises to achieve their goals.
The recent cases of scandals, frauds and irregularities make it mandatory that ethics in the workplace make a strong comeback. While businesses focus on profitability and success, it is imperative to train employees to be ethical. Training in ethics helps build a strong team and foster professionalism amongst employees, thereby increasing work productivity.
Work ethics is like invisible employee behavior, noticeable by its absence. Some common workplace ethics include:
- Punctuality: Arriving to work on time, adhering to lunch and breaks on time and being absent for valid reasons.
- Responsibility: Utilizing work time to complete tasks and deadlines and not for personal work.
- Professional image: Be well dressed and adhere to the company dress code.
- Teamwork: Respect others and work well together and be a good team player.
- Attitude: Being pleasant and polite, and take on difficult tasks smilingly.
Employees, who have strong ethics in personal and professional life, need no explanation, unlike those employees for whom work ethics is a growing problem. So, how do you train them to be ethical to one and all, whether in the professional realm or personal?
- A written code of conduct: This clearly defines ethics to be maintained in an organization. Each employee should have one, including new hires. The aim of defining and writing a code of conduct is to let employees know what is acceptable and unacceptable.
- Training programs: Besides developing goals for the upcoming year, organizations should focus on training in ethics at the workplace. A few members from the top level management can lead the ethics training programs. Such initiatives will stress the fact that employees must cultivate and adhere to the ethics code at the workplace.
- Role model: If your employees have a role model in you, it would be easier for them to adhere to the company’s code of conduct and ethics. Seniors behaving in a morally upright manner will set an example for employees to follow.
And finally, it is essential to communicate ethical values and a code of conduct to employees as you are giving them the authority to take appropriate ethical decision in any given situations.
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