1. How get the multiple generations “on the same page” regarding ethics and ethical behavior?
This is the first time in American history we have now 5 generations in the workplace at the same time.
We have Boomers, Xers, Yers, Millenials and now the Digital Natives(those born from 1990).
Each of these generations have their own definition, perception, and application of what ethics is to them. The issues here are how does a company facilitate a process to help create a communal and collaborative “ethical foundation” based on the perceptions, wisdom and experiences of each generation.
2. Not what’s right vs. wrong but what is right vs. right.
Right vs. wrong is when a value has been violated/ignored. This becomes very obvious and ethically in a “no brainer,’ and easy to identify and resolve.
Right vs. right is when two core values come into conflict with each other. Now what do you do and how do you do it? This takes more than “basic” ethics training as there can be any number of variables that challenge not only the core values, but one’s approach to them.
This is key substantive ethics training, i.e. recognizing , knowing how and why to approach these and other tough issues that help take your company’s commitment to the next level in advanced ethics training.