Usefulness of the corporate ethics training

Every employee working for a corporate must undergo the ethics training on regular intervals. The reason behind this is to ensure that every single mind that is working for the corporate must understand the various acceptable behaviors expected out of him and legal implication of unethical behavior.

Corporate ethics training is not only a need to know but also a good to know information for every employee, because it has a direct relation with the decisions they make in their professional career. These decision could either be small where only the individual gets affected or they can big where it takes the entire corporate to the court of law and bring bad name to it.

Employees in a corporate must be trained how on how to apply ethical filters to their decision making process. The objective of an ethical filter is to trigger a series of questions in the decision maker’s mind, which could either be an individual or a corporate itself. The ethical filter always pulls the decision maker on the track of ethics. They also distinguish ethical issues and issues like cost risk and time.

The corporate ethics training can be carried out in various ways:

  • Actively: (Face to Face) this would involve live audience and a facilitator or a trainer.
    1. May be a classroom session.
    2. A seminar at a large level by the top management
    3. On-line instructor lead training across the country or globe
    4. Small presentations during the induction
  • In-Actively :
    1. A pre-recorded video message
    2. Online training on an online ethics training tool
    3. Over the phone
    4. In the form of emails, pamphlets etc.

The corporate ethics training must entail the following questions while assorting the filtering process:

  • First: Does my decision comply with the corporate policy and procedure?
  • Second: What name will it bring to the corporate? Good or bad?
  • Third: Is this decision within the legal jurisdiction?
  • Fourth: How will it impact my job and growth with this company?
  • Fifth: Does this comply with the company value and mission statement?
  • Sixth: Am I keeping myself above the organization while taking this decision?

By answering all these filters/ questions to the decision making process, not only the individual but even the company can determine whether it’s decision are in synchronization to the corporate ethics policy or not. Some other pointers that can be included while training the employees on ethics are weather they:

  • Follow the company code of conduct.
  • Fully support, encourage and promote ethical practices
  • Demonstrate every decision in the interest of the business, if given a preference to choose between the corporate and themselves.
  • Take full accountability of the decision that they take.
  • Every employee must behave as a role model for the company.

Continuously try to bridge the gap and come closer to the ethics standard set by the corporate.

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