“A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world”
First of all let’s define what the term “Ethics” means. This is the definition according to Oxford dictionary:
1. Moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or conducting of an activity
1.1 The moral correctness of a specified conduct.
2. A branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.
1.Morally “good” or “correct”
2.Avoiding activities or organisations that do harm to people or environment
Generally ethical values are formatted during a person’s life and are usually set by the society a person is a part of. Person’s ethical values mirror person’s temper, experience, background, vision of life, culture identity.
The environment and a way an person is brought up can also have a huge impact on ethical values and ethical behavior in general.
This means all above mentioned factors despite our wishes, expectations affects the formation of moral principles and understanding of what is “Good” or “Bad” for every person individually.
Being more detailed it is a “code” of moral standards for what is “good” and “right” as opposed to what is “bad” or “wrong”.Ethical behavior in this case can be defined as a governing moral code in the context of what is “good” or “right”.
It is not a secret for anyone that employee’s ethical choice as well as behavior defines company’s reputation.
Many of employees will surely make the right decision which will be based on their own moral+life background combination.
Basically unethical behavior starts from human’s mind. Sometimes it can be hardly noticeable but can gradually arise in major cases as a serious problem.
The correct ethical behavior can somehow affect on a person’s skills to become a professional in a specific sphere.
Both ethical behavior, professionalism in workplace is a great benefit for an employee’s career in general and can increase working environment level.
Clearly seeing and understanding examples of professional approach and correct ethical behavior helps to develop personal effectiveness and working habits. Being conscious of a way you treat co-workers and of your working attitude, one can improve productivity, effectiveness, work quality which is highly appreciated by the higher management.
Communication also plays a great role.
Expressing ethical communication with your co-workers and managers means showing respect, being respectful of efficient communication needs. Follow company’s set instructions.
Most unethical and unacceptable thing in a workplace is considered to be gossip. Hold yourself back from office gossip.
For employers benefits can be the correct development of a company reputation both inside company or even beyond.
Correct ethical behaviour shown from employer can develop a strong faith, trust, believe towards company. Trust can be a strong tool to unleash an employee’s full potential and loyalty, redirecting it to company needs.
Being open to all kinds of issues are elements of an ethical organizational culture. Only when employees feel they are able to voice problems they see can ethical issues are discussed, later resolved.
A first step to build this kind of ethical culture in workplace can be an approach of hiring process. Companies can actively look for those individuals who are free to speak up when facing ethical challenges.
Teamwork: An essential aspect of workplace is working well with other co-workers.
That can include a whole hierarchy of company starting from an operating personnel to supervisors (anyways a company subordination still needs to be kept). It is always possible that not all employees will always like each other. There is no need to set aside personal or even differences which can be work-related to reach a larger goal. In many cases, those who are not considered to be “team players” can face demotion or sometimes termination.
Moral attentiveness: It is quite obvious that a morally-attentive person will notice ethical issues when others can see none. But being aware of ethical dilemmas can serve as a background to start pointing, thinking over, talking about it.
Creating an ethical culture does not only require that employees must be aware of ethical challenges, but also the fact that they need take them seriously.
Duty orientation: Individuals that possess a strong sense of duty tend to be mission-oriented and loyal persons, strongly motivated to take action on what they understand as a problem.
Assertiveness: In any group, pressure to conform can be high.
Assertive individuals usually are the ones who prevent such kind of groupthink.
Proactivity: Individuals that have proactive personality can feel less constrained by situation forced. When refers to ethical issues, this type of tendency usually can help to be more active to follow and keep a moral course.
1.Create a list of rules, regulations, policies.
Rules can be very individual, depending what kind of company you work at, what are the main values and priorities of supervisors or company founders.
Probably in every company there can be a topic that requires to be addressed. A team can also require a training which deliver mutual benefits, enhancing success.
3.Learn from the top
Top managers and supervisors are considered to be a behavioral model by default, which can have a big influential impact on staff both good and bad.
4.Create a fair process for discipline violators?
Innocent employees will appreciate such a system, will feel they work for a company they can trust.
5.Improve team communication
Make it easy to transfer the information between managers and a staff. Create scenarios to help communicate expected ethical behaviors
6.Implement training on ethical regulations/standards
This method will give employees the opportunity to fully understand the mission, the priorities and vision of a company
As we understand from the above mentioned, ethics is something that must be a priority both for the employees and employers. Following the ethical rules, both communication and working process can have a positive influence on us.