Around the world, large and small companies, consultants, non-profit organizations, trade associations, and government agencies incorporate Ethics Unwrapped in employee education and training programs. Everyone within an organization benefits from adding behavioral ethics to an ethics and compliance training program.
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To foster ethical organizational culture, and to stimulate everyone’s thinking about ethics and leadership, consider implementing one or more of these activities in your organization:
- Feature an Ethics Defined video in your e-newsletter, on social media channels, or on your company intranet. Ask a question about the content and solicit employee feedback.
- Share an Ethics Unwrapped Blog each month in your e-newsletter, team meeting, or on your company intranet to stimulate conversation about ethics within your organization.
- Show an Ethics Unwrapped video or share an Ethics Unwrapped Case Study at company and/or team meetings to introduce ethics. Use the discussion questions to prompt conversation.
- Enhance ethics and compliance training by incorporating behavioral ethics. Many behavioral ethics concepts apply on a macro-level to organizations, as well as on an individual level.
- Host regular team or company learning sessions or brown bag “lunch and learn” events. Show an Ethics Unwrapped video, and use the discussion questions or related case study to start a conversation about ethics. Reflect on the video. How does this concept manifest in the workplace? How do employees’ experiences and behaviors echo (or differ from) the students’ experiences in the video? If appropriate, discuss how this concept shows up in personal spheres as well as professional spheres. Share examples. Then, encourage team members to brainstorm how to manage these ethical challenges individually and collectively.
- Incorporate a case study that resonates with your organization/industry in training programs and reason through ethical issues with employees. Explore any parallels that emerge between the case study and your company. Brainstorm possible solutions to the ethical dilemma, and identify best practices. Commit to practical steps to support ethical decision-making around this issue. Follow-up with team members to track progress on group goals and work on stumbling blocks.
- Use the list below or select the most relevant ethics concepts for your organization from Ethics Defined. Share the list of recommended videos in workshops, meetings, and team-building events. Show a selection of these videos during training programs and use the discussion questions to prompt conversation about ethics and leadership in the workplace.
Many behavioral ethics concepts operate in tandem with each other. The more resources your team or organization explores, the more versed your organization will become in ethics and values-driven leadership. As everyone learns about the interrelatedness of these concepts (and practices identifying and giving voice to them), the clearer it will be how this knowledge can support the development of ethical culture within your organization.
Here is a list of foundational concepts from the Ethics Defined glossary to get started: Behavioral Ethics, Cognitive Bias, Confirmation Bias, Conflict of Interest, Conformity Bias, Framing, Incrementalism, Obedience to Authority, Overconfidence Bias, Rationalizations, Role Morality, Self-serving Bias.
To gain greater fluency in ethics, add: Altruism, Altruistic Cheating, Bounded Ethicality, Cognitive Dissonance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corruption, Diffusion of Responsibility, Ethical Fading, Fiduciary Duty, Groupthink, Harm Principle, In-group/Out-group, Integrity, Justice, Moral Equilibrium, Moral Muteness, Moral Myopia, Prosocial Behavior, Sustainability, Tangible & Abstract.