Ethics are critical components of
employment and firms that adhere to particular business ethics better survive
comparatively to their counterparts whose sole goal is profit. Ethics has made
a strong comeback in the workplace thanks to the numerous cases of fraud,
scandals, and irregularities seen at the workplace. It has become imperative
for businesses seeking to make a profit also to ensure that their employees are trained on ethics. Through this training,
the employees uphold professionalism and become an active team that foster
productivity (Lindebaum & Gabriel, 2017). Integrity is only noticeable when
it’s absent as it shows in the unseen employee’s character. Firms have made a
point of developing specific guidelines to be adhered to by every employee.
Creative Initiatives on workplace ethics
Program on Compliance and Ethics Training:
The organization needs to put an effort on training the employees on ethics
required at the workplace besides setting the future year goals and objectives.
This training can be best handled by members of the highest level of management
who will train the junior employees emphasizing the codes of conduct needed at
the workplace (Watts et al., 2017).
written code of conduct: This outlines in a definitive way
the acceptable behavior upheld at the workplace. The printed principles of
behaviors are passed along to every employee allowing them to know what is required of them about workplace behavior.
All the employees within the organization including the recruits will be
trained on how to adhere to the set compliance and codes of conduct (Schmidt et
model as a manager: It is easier for junior employees to
stick to the firm’s ethical codes and compliance guidelines when they see the
manager strictly following them. Juniors emulate their seniors who behave in a
morally straightway (Metz et al., 2017).
methods to communicate the initiatives
Sharing information during break time:
The manager can make the new set of codes and conduct regulations known by
sharing them during lunch breaks or at the water cooler. This sharing can only
be achieved by making purposeful knowledge and information sharing and not
gossip mongering. This information sharing can also function as plain speak
initiative referred to as the commercial-ese
by some folk. The talk functions by putting in place a professional tone that
is neutral yet appealing to the complex demography of employees (Liu et al.,
the story: Humans are wired
to a moving account. The manager can creatively come up with a tale surrounded by a context. Stories have
power especially when tied to elements that the employees can relate to. The manager needs to be creative to be able
to link his new initiatives on the codes of conduct and the story to be told (Liu
et al., 2017).
campaign: The employees are a powerful communication tool at
the manager’s disposal. The manager only needs to pick a few members of their
employees to start the campaign by passing the information by word of mouth while
making the next employee tell the next one. The crusade for the initiatives can
be given more weight and gravity by providing the letting employees own it (Liu
et al., 2017).