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Profesional ethics


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Principles of professional ethics relevant to supervisors, with guidance on policies at Williams College.

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Profesional ethics

  1. 1. Supervisory Training Series Professional Ethics February 8, 2017
  2. 2. What are Professional Ethics A set of standards that are relied upon to: • Guide all our interactions on the job. • Reach conclusions in the workplace. • Make decisions. Patterns of behavior – norms – that describe what people ought to do. Is the foundation of trust in any organization.
  3. 3. Principles of Ethical Behavior Responsible Conduct • Compliance with laws regulations and policies. • Principled business transactions • Acting in good faith • Accountable for individual actions • Fulfilling obligations towards others • Communicating ethical standards by word and deed • Proactively detect and prevent unethical behavior
  4. 4. Principles of Ethical Behavior (Cont.) Respect for Others • Be respectful, fair and civil to everyone. • Strive to be objective in interactions with colleagues • Avoid all forms of harassment and discrimination. • Treat colleagues, co-workers and students with respect, professionalism and dignity. • Accept your share of responsibility for the governance of the college.
  5. 5. Group Exercise Break up into pairs and talk to your colleague about a time when: • You or someone you know were harmed by the unethical behavior of a company or organization. • You or someone you know benefited from the high integrity of a company or organization.
  6. 6. Principles of Ethical Behavior (Cont.) Managing Conflicts of Interest • When we or a family member has a relationship that may impair our independent judgment. • When our positions or confidential information we obtain on the job can be used for personal gain. • When we receive gifts from people doing business with the college. • When we have relationships with individuals or organizations that do business with the college.
  7. 7. Principles of Ethical Behavior (Cont.) Managing Conflicts of Interest • We must avoid actual and perceived conflicts of interest related to our positions. • Actual or perceived conflicts must be disclosed. • Employees are responsible for identifying conflicts and reporting them. • Conflicts should be managed or eliminated.
  8. 8. Group Exercise At your tables, identify three potential conflicts of interest you have encountered or heard about and • Explain why it is a conflict. • Identify strategies for mitigating the conflict. • Describe an appropriate process for reporting the conflict.
  9. 9. Principles of Ethical Behavior (Cont.) Protecting Confidentiality and Privacy • Many of us create and receive confidential information. • We are expected to comply with all legal, regulatory and contractual obligations to ensure confidentiality. • Examples include document preservation/disposal and data security.
  10. 10. Principles of Ethical Behavior (Cont.) Stewardship of College Property • We are committed to the responsible use of college property, including funds and equipment. • College resources should only be used to advance our mission. • We should follow sound financial practices with appropriate monitoring. • Special care should be given to resources restricted by donor intent.
  11. 11. Principles of Ethical Behavior (Cont.) Commitment to Safe and Healthy Work Environment • We are dedicated to a building a diverse and inclusive community free of discrimination. • We comply with all federal and state laws. • We avoid actions that would create a hostile environment. • We value freedom of expression, but not abusive and harassing behavior. • We use appropriate safety equipment and report injuries and unsafe situations.
  12. 12. Principles of Ethical Behavior (Cont.) Obligation to report Suspected Misconduct • We are all obligated to report suspected violations of laws, regulations and policies. • These reports can come through normal channels or to a higher level of management or anonymously. • We have a strict policy against retaliation.
  13. 13. Group Exercise At your table, reflecting on the topics we discussed today, discuss what are the most important ethical issues in your profession. • Responsible Conduct • Respect for Others • Managing Conflicts of Interest • Protecting Confidentiality and Privacy • Stewardship of College Property • Commitment to Safe and Healthy Work Environment
  14. 14. Related Policies • Drug and Alcohol • Scientific Misconduct • Sexual Harassment • Non-Discrimination • Equal Employment Opportunity • Computing Ethics and Responsibilities • Privacy • Employment of Family Members • Confidentiality