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If ethics matter to you, what do you do in your project or organization to keep the topic alive?
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In most organization it is standard to have a code of ethics, but only few go further and promote the assimilation of its content and an ongoing training and discussion about the importance and practical application. What are successful strategies?
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Good example and good ground rules.

Even if you have a Code of Ethics and you dont obey it, do not expect that you colleagues will.
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1 reply by Peter Pfeiffer
Mar 13, 2016 12:45 PM
Peter Pfeiffer
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Thanks Alexander,
I think that good examples are essential, especially when they come from management!
With the ground rules, it seems a little more complicated. Since ethics are subject to individual perceptions and interpretations of the reality, it is difficult sometimes to determine the exact rules, who will enforce them and what the actions should be when breaches occur.
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Code of Ethics in current world is essential for each company to emphasis to their staff. Even some company their put the compulsory topic to be presented to all new staff joining them. However may something to think;

a) The consequences management if the staff act beyond the code of ethics , what the company will do.
b) How to determine the understanding of code of ethics among workers, how to gauge it?

But in order to determine whether this success or not, may subject to personnel different perspective. May some agree and may not agree.

Thanks.
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1 reply by Peter Pfeiffer
Mar 13, 2016 12:39 PM
Peter Pfeiffer
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Thanks Muhamad,
you point to an important aspect: what can or should management do when there are ethical breaches?
If it is ethical wrongdoing for personal benefits, it is generally easier, but what about when the wrongdoing benefits the organization? Will management have the courage to act according to ethical standards or do they prioritize the organization?
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One of my clients has a rotating group of individuals (employees from throughout the organization) who sit on an Ethics Committee. They are the individuals to see if questions are raised around ethics, concerns, or just to share information about the importance of ethics in the organization's core values.
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1 reply by Peter Pfeiffer
Mar 13, 2016 12:33 PM
Peter Pfeiffer
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Thanks, Gina!
a rotating mechanisms seems a great idea, because it only helps to involve a larger number of people in the topic, but also to avoid the perception that the "ethics guys" are always the same.
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imo:

Ethics should start from lowest level in organization. This is were much of the employee strength is and the work is done (facing client)
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1 reply by Peter Pfeiffer
Mar 13, 2016 12:30 PM
Peter Pfeiffer
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Thanks, Saurabh,
It is certainly critical that the lowest level of an organization is involved in ethics, but there is also a discussion about how this will get there in the first place. If the upper levels don't establish policies and don't give examples, other employees might not feel motivated or even be insecure abut how to behave.
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In the organization I am working right now ethics is inside a code and inside the organization values. Lot of coaching and tranining about what ethics is for the organization is performed each year.
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1 reply by Peter Pfeiffer
Mar 13, 2016 12:25 PM
Peter Pfeiffer
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Thanks, Sergio,
I think that coaching and training are excellent mechanisms! However, they require already a high maturity about ethics, especially as an organizational policy.
As for training, I wonder what tools and techniques are used beyond the code of ethics.
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Mar 10, 2016 3:38 PM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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In the organization I am working right now ethics is inside a code and inside the organization values. Lot of coaching and tranining about what ethics is for the organization is performed each year.
Thanks, Sergio,
I think that coaching and training are excellent mechanisms! However, they require already a high maturity about ethics, especially as an organizational policy.
As for training, I wonder what tools and techniques are used beyond the code of ethics.
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Mar 10, 2016 12:35 AM
Replying to saurabh mahajan
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imo:

Ethics should start from lowest level in organization. This is were much of the employee strength is and the work is done (facing client)
Thanks, Saurabh,
It is certainly critical that the lowest level of an organization is involved in ethics, but there is also a discussion about how this will get there in the first place. If the upper levels don't establish policies and don't give examples, other employees might not feel motivated or even be insecure abut how to behave.
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Mar 09, 2016 2:44 PM
Replying to Gina Abudi
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One of my clients has a rotating group of individuals (employees from throughout the organization) who sit on an Ethics Committee. They are the individuals to see if questions are raised around ethics, concerns, or just to share information about the importance of ethics in the organization's core values.
Thanks, Gina!
a rotating mechanisms seems a great idea, because it only helps to involve a larger number of people in the topic, but also to avoid the perception that the "ethics guys" are always the same.
Network:1372



Mar 09, 2016 9:10 AM
Replying to M. Sahir A. Shatiry, PMI-RMP, PMP
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Code of Ethics in current world is essential for each company to emphasis to their staff. Even some company their put the compulsory topic to be presented to all new staff joining them. However may something to think;

a) The consequences management if the staff act beyond the code of ethics , what the company will do.
b) How to determine the understanding of code of ethics among workers, how to gauge it?

But in order to determine whether this success or not, may subject to personnel different perspective. May some agree and may not agree.

Thanks.
Thanks Muhamad,
you point to an important aspect: what can or should management do when there are ethical breaches?
If it is ethical wrongdoing for personal benefits, it is generally easier, but what about when the wrongdoing benefits the organization? Will management have the courage to act according to ethical standards or do they prioritize the organization?
Network:1372



Mar 09, 2016 8:48 AM
Replying to Alexander Petkov
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Good example and good ground rules.

Even if you have a Code of Ethics and you dont obey it, do not expect that you colleagues will.
Thanks Alexander,
I think that good examples are essential, especially when they come from management!
With the ground rules, it seems a little more complicated. Since ethics are subject to individual perceptions and interpretations of the reality, it is difficult sometimes to determine the exact rules, who will enforce them and what the actions should be when breaches occur.

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