With the summer waning, kids going back to school soon and vacations coming to an end, now, this week, is the time to focus on your ethics initiatives for the Fall.
Here are few suggestions on what to start planning for this Fall.
1. If your code of ethics is older than 3 years, it needs to be reviewed, tweeked and training should follow. For example, does your code of ethics deal with social media abuses in the workplace? Are ethics issues you dealt with 3 years ago the same today? If so, how effective was your training? If not, what are other topics that are issues now that weren’t issues 3 years ago and how will your training address them?
2. Is your ethics training a “one shot” project per year or is it continual throughout the year?
3. What are the most effective formats for your ethics training and how do you evaluate this?
4. If you don’t have a “zero tolerance” policy, you need one now. Don’t be naïve.
5. Are dates set aside this Fall, beyond the national ethics week, for pure ethics training?
6. Have you asked your people for their insights for training topics on ethics?
7. Do you have a policy regarding rewarding whistleblowers? If not, you are putting the validity of your ethics training program in jeopardy.
8. Does ethics training have the same importance as compliance training?
Hopefully, these questions will spark some discussion, planning and implementation for your Fall ethics training.
Best wishes for this your “Ethics week!”
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