In the National Business Ethics Survey® (NBES) 2005 study, the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) presented research regarding elements and outcomes expected through Ethics and Compliance programs. According to the research, it has been suggested that organizations must have ethics training programs, to build positive and qualitative ethics culture in the organization. A company can reap tremendous benefits from considering and initiating an ethics training.
The aim of Ethics training is to instill corporate values, rules and regulations in the minds of employees. Ethics training focuses not only on teaching morality, but also helping employees to make the right decisions.
However, it is the organization’s responsibility to impart ethics training to its employees, to help them in clarifying their own expectations along with organization expectations. It must deliver a practical understanding to employees of the ethical issues, which they are likely to face.
Let’s look at the elements of Ethics training:
1. Training on Ethical Judgmental Philosophies:
Training should be provided on ethical judgment philosophies and to make them learn the concepts. Training should provide critical thinking strategies with common ethical values among employees and between employees and organization. After training, they should be able to discover their core values.
2. Provide industry specific ethics training:
Ethical issues differ from industry to industry. In order to deal with these specific issues Ethics training should include specific training modules for a particular profession or industry.
3. Provide organizational ethics & rules:
Training on organizational ethics and rules should not only be restricted to handbooks, but should be an ongoing process, where employees need to learn the concept; various examples can be described for that particular issue.
4. Take a realistic view:
Training in Ethics training should not only focus on improving the situation, but should realistically explore the many ways of finding solutions to the unethical situation.
5. Get the trainees practice and return:
Before attempting the test/evaluation in the training, Employees should go back to the workplace to understand real ethical issues and real time scenarios. Only then it can be certain that the concepts have been applied and employees are well into the process of internalizing the ideas.
Training in ethics can be conducted by top level management. Generally Instructor led training and eLearning are the best practices to training your employees on workplace ethics. Elearning would be a viable option to train your global workplace on ethics, since eLearning is flexible, accessible anywhere, anytime and cost effective.