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Workplace Ethics

  1. 1. Workplace Ethics
  2. 2. Workplace Ethics Benjamin Atuma
  3. 3. Outlines • What is Workplace Ethics? • Good Examples of Workplace Ethics • How to Encourage Good Workplace Ethics • Benefits of Good Workplace Ethics • Examples of Poor Ethics • Ethics Materials • Ethical Culture
  4. 4. What is Workplace Ethics? • Ethics is a set of principles of right conduct. • Rules of conduct that govern behaviour. • Standards of behaviour that is acceptable. The application of moral principles, standards of behavior, or set of values regarding proper conduct in the workplace as individuals and in a group setting. Workplace ethics reflects an organisation`s set of values regarding proper conduct in the workplace.
  5. 5. Corporate or workplace ethics is caught more that it is taught.That is, employees learn their standards and values from observing what others do, not what they say. This is as true in business as it is at home. •Corporate values are instilled by the leadership. •Workplace ethics involves ALL members of an organisation, and the company in her dealings with employees and other stakeholders.
  6. 6. Ethics allow you to distinguish the difference between right and wrong.
  7. 7. Every Company is Unique Leadership History Culture Policies Practices People Regulatory Environment
  8. 8. Organizational ethics: Sets of formal and informal standards of conduct that people use to guide their behaviour at work. To appreciate workplace ethics, we look at relationships at work: •Management/Supervisors •Employees •Customers Communication is key among management, employees, and customers in order for respect to be extended to each person within the organization, and promote healthy relationships. If employers and employees do not consistently follow a high standards of conduct, companies cannot prosper.
  9. 9. What are some examples of good ethics in the workplace?
  10. 10. Good Examples •Staying productive •Be accountable for your actions •Take initiative •Think critically to be able to solve problems •Be punctual •Stay positive
  11. 11. • Stay professional • Take pride in your work • Immediately attempting to correct an issue • Set the example
  12. 12. How to Encourage Good Ethics in the Workplace • Fair consequences • Transparency • Fair treatment • Trainings
  13. 13. • Recognition • Have plans of action • Communication (be clear and consistent) • Constructive feedback • Have office policies
  14. 14. Benefits of Good Ethics in the Workplace • Loyalty • Desirable work environment • Produce results • Build good references • Good office morale • Growth and expansion • Recognition
  15. 15. What are some examples of poor ethics in the workplace?
  16. 16. Poor Ethics • Illegal practices. • Making decisions for your own personal gain. • Lack of communication. • Stealing. • Withholding information. • Ignoring procedures and policies. • Abusing confidentiality agreements. • Falsifying information.
  17. 17. • Poor customer services • Lying • Gossiping • Bribes • Abusing computer privileges • Being unpunctual; poor attendance • Ignoring problems • Taking on roles that are not under your job title • Blackmail
  18. 18. What people see their organizational leaders, managers, and co-workers do on the job can influence their own views of what is acceptable or unacceptable behaviour.
  19. 19. Ethics Materials • Mission • Values • Code of conduct/ethics • Policies • Decision methods • Your culture
  20. 20. The “Six Pillars of Character” emphasize various values. These character traits can help you to be ethical. • Trustworthiness Honest – Reliable – Reputable • Respect Tolerant – Considerate – With manners • Responsibility Self control – Self discipline – Accountable • Fairness Just – Reasonable – Impartial • Caring Kind – Compassionate – Giving • Citizenship Obey – Respect – Protect
  21. 21. What Is an Ethical Culture? • It is an environment that makes it easy to do the right thing and makes it difficult to do the wrong thing. • It's the way things really work.Workplace culture includes how employees dress, how they work with customers and how they interact with their bosses. Companies that work to build and maintain ethical workplace cultures are more financially successful and have more motivated, productive employees, studies have shown.
  22. 22. Thank you!

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