Ethical Training for Employees
Employers who are unsure about providing ethical training for employees should consider that the impact of ethical choices can be just as significant as the impact of business decisions. Just one poor choice could land your organization in a reputation-damaging scandal, expose valuable intellectual property, incur significant personal and organizational fines, or worse.
Most people understand business ethics as knowing what’s right and wrong within a business context, and having the ability to choose what’s right. Unfortunately, ethical dilemmas in the workplace are rarely straightforward and may involve a host of factors to be considered. Not all employees know that certain actions are unethical or questionable, such as those around competitive practices, giving or receiving gifts, or using insider information. That’s where ethics training from GLS can make a difference.
Benefits of Workplace Ethics Training
Apart from the overall morality of promoting ethical business behavior, an ethics program conveys additional value:
Cultivates teamwork and productivity – Align employee behaviors with the values promoted and demonstrated by organizational leaders. When employees feel that their personal values closely match those of the organization they are more motivated and productive. By building trust in relationships between individuals and groups, adherence to an ethical code of conduct strengthens a sense of teamwork.
Demonstrates commitment to honest business practices – Ethics programs that include training can potentially help avoid criminal acts of omission and reduce associated fines. Employees are explicitly taught to avoid illegal actions, and the reporting aspects of a program tend to detect ethical issues and violations early so they can be addressed. If an organization has clearly made an effort to operate ethically, that may serve as a mitigating factor.
Promotes personal responsibility – Ethics training instills confidence as employees learn to recognize ethical risks and deal with them appropriately. With reinforcement and encouragement, employees see the positive aspects of taking personal responsibility for their actions and decisions. This sense of personal responsibility can extend to other aspects of the business, such as cyber security awareness and regulatory compliance.