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Working in an environment with unethical employees can have negative consequences on organizational trust, team-building, communication and morale. Ethical behavior tends to be a broad term, encompassing accountability, professionalism and respect. This can make pinpointing behaviors to change difficult. In addition sometimes individual character changes are in order, but sometimes a company needs to systematically change its culture.

According to the Ethics Research Center, 62 percent of workers in large companies without ethics programs witness misconduct, compared to 33 of workers in large companies with effective ethics programs. The study also showed that within companies with ethics programs, the instances of pressure and retaliation amongst coworkers falls to 4 percent.

In this course you will learn how to pinpoint unethical behavior, create a plan for an effective ethics program, and deal with unethical co-workers. As a result you will be able to build organizational trust, have greater integrity when approaching problems, have increased respect among workers, and establish clear standards of ethical behavior.

Course Objectives

Successful completion of this course will increase your ability to:

  • Dispel common myths about business ethics
  • Describe the ideal ethical workplace
  • Implement ethics guidelines and policies in your organization
  • Identify and resolve typical ethical dilemmas
  • Recognize common excuses for unethical behavior, and what to do about them
  • Deal with unethical coworkers, customers, and vendors

Key Topics Covered

This course explores the following subjects in depth:

  • Benefits of an ethical workplace
  • Guidelines for achieving and ethical workplace
  • Decision making tools and analysis
  • How to handle and discipline unethical people
  • Building an ethics policy
  • Working through ethical dilemmas