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  • 1. Ethics Training Michael Smith HRD 830 – Fall Semester Clemson University
  • 2.
    • Understand the history and relevance of ethics in the work place
    • Understand the benefits of ethics training
    • Assist others with ethical decision making
    Goals
  • 3.
    • Ethics in the work place has existed since the introduction of the work place
    • Crisis hit business Ethics in recent history
    • 1960’s
      • Company’s became too focused on bottom line profits
      • Company commitments to employees and society drifted apart
    History
  • 4. History
    • 1970’s
      • Rift continues to increase
      • Employee vs. Employer mentality introduced
    • 1980’s
      • Bribes
    • 1990’s
      • Financial mismanagement
    • 2000’s
      • Internet crimes
      • Loss of privacy
    *Ethics Resource Center [ERC], 2008
  • 5.
    • Studies show that employers who offer and empower their employees benefit from improvement in productivity and bottom line results*
    • Benefits of ethics training are visible in other company’s such as Google
    Why Do Anything? *Williams Institute for Ethics and Management, The, 2008.
  • 6.
    • Only 1% of Googlers observed misconduct*
    • Ethics Resource Center [ERC] Survey shows national average = 56%**
    • 69% of our class has observed misconduct
    Why Do Anything? *Great Place to Work Institute, 2008 **ERC, 2007
  • 7.
    • Ethics can not be taught!
      • Ethics doesn’t need to be taught
      • 99.9% of people have an ethical base*
    • Different types of Ethics can be taught
    • Ethical decision making can be taught
    *Perry, 1994 Teaching Ethics
  • 8.
    • Five Different Ethics Approaches
      • The Utilitarian Approach
        • Good vs. Evil
      • The Rights Approach
        • Individuals have certain protected Rights
      • The Justice Approach
        • Requires fairness and discourages favoritism
    Teaching Ethics *Valesquez, Andre, Shanks, Meyer, 1997
  • 9.
    • Five Different Ethics Approaches (Cont.)
      • The Common Good Approach
        • Society’s Rights to safety, health care and environment
      • The Virtue Approach
        • Going beyond the “good” decision to the “best”
        • Advancing societies development and character
    Teaching Ethics *Valesquez, Andre, Shanks, Meyer, 1997
  • 10.
    • Basic Decision Making
      • 1) Define the problem
      • 2) Identify alternatives
      • 3) Evaluate the alternatives
      • 4) Make the decision
      • 5) Implement the decision
      • 6) Evaluate the decision
    *Ethics Resource Center [ERC], 2008 Teaching Ethics
  • 11.
    • PLUS Method of Decision Making
      • Acts as a filter during certain points of decision making process
        • P olicies – is it consistent with my organizations policies, procedures and guidelines?
        • L egal- is it acceptable under the applicable laws and regulations?
        • U niversal – does it conform to universal principles/values my organization has adopted?
        • S elf – does it satisfy my personal definition of right, good and fair?
    *Ethics Resource Center [ERC], 2008 Teaching Ethics
  • 12.
    • Job Aid Wallet Decision Card
    Teaching Ethics
    • Six Steps to Ethical Decision Making
    • -Step 1: Define the problem PLUS
    • Step 2: Identify alternatives
    • Step 3: Evaluate the alternatives PLUS
    • Step 4: Implement the decision
    • Step 6: Evaluate the decision PLUS
    • Our Universal Principles and Values
    • -E – Empathy – understanding the thoughts and needs of others
    • P – Patience – taking the time to understand before we act
    • I – Integrity – honesty and truth in all situations
    • C – Courage – doing what is right even when it is difficult
    Wallet Card Six Steps Company Principles and/or Beliefs
  • 13.
    • We must prevent the downward spiral of business ethics
    • Ethics training assists employees and employers in recognizing ethical dilemmas
    • There are many ethical decision making methods similar to the PLUS method, what is important is that one of them is utilized
    Conclusion