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Trust and ethics in workplace culture


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Slideshow from Tracey Rockett of TCU's Neeley School of Business, from the TCU Nonprofit Communicators Conference on May 16, 2014, organized by TCU's School of Strategic Communication

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Trust and ethics in workplace culture

  1. 1. Trust and Ethics in Workplace Culture Tracey Rockett, Ph.D. Neeley School of Business Texas Christian University
  2. 2. Why does culture matter? An organization’s culture may be one of its strongest assets or its biggest liability Organizational culture is an effective control mechanism dictating employee behavior Culture is often related to increased performance Organizations which have a rare and hard to imitate culture may enjoy a competitive advantage
  3. 3. Culture ▫ Organizational Culture  A system of shared assumptions, values, and beliefs that show people what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior ▫ Two Important Components of Building Culture  Socialization  Norms
  4. 4. Organizations with a strong culture: • Enhance mutual trust and cooperation. • Have less conflict and more efficient decision- making processes. • Facilitate open communication. • Create a strong sense of identification. • Create a shared understanding. • Have greater performance and less turnover. *Culture is both internal and external*
  5. 5. Culture • Starts with recruitment and selection of people who “match” • Then we socialize newcomers • We continue socialization process throughout life of organization ▫ Promote employees who live the values and use them as role models for new employees
  6. 6. Model of Organizational Culture Recruitment & Selection Values & Norms Socialization Organizational Culture Behaviors
  7. 7. Socialization • We socialize in order to: ▫ Make sure that everyone is working toward the “correct” goals of the organization ▫ Build commitment to the organization ▫ Build culture • Socialization is the process of creating uniform values and norms ▫ Values and Norms: Standards for conduct for behaviors that are considered important by most group members  Trust, ethics, having fun, great customer service….
  8. 8. How One Becomes Socialized • Examples of key models • Examples of peers • Explicit instructions • Rewards and punishments for efforts • Ways to strengthen the socialization process: ▫ Individual beliefs are influenced by social information ▫ Most influential where strong ties into social group ▫ Induced through social isolation (only one interpretation given)
  9. 9. Creating Norms • Rules of conduct for behaviors that are considered important by most group members. ▫ Help to create and reinforce culture. • How norms are developed: ▫ Explicit statements by group members ▫ Carry-over behaviors ▫ Primacy (first behavior that occurs becomes standard) • Why norms are enforced: ▫ Help group/organization survive and be productive ▫ Help clarify behavioral expectations for members ▫ Help clarify group/organization’s unique identity and central values
  10. 10. Trust & Ethics • Trust: believe in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something. ▫ Trust leads to positive outcomes for organizations such as:  Innovation, creativity, coordination, collaboration, transparency, productivity, performance, communication… • Ethics: moral principles that govern a person's or group's behavior. Trust and ethics are mutually reinforcing and create a virtuous cycle with culture.
  11. 11. Trust is Important, but Difficult • According to the 2010 Ethics and Workplace Survey conducted by Deloitte, a third of all employees planned to look for a new job at the end of the recession: ▫ 48% of them cite a loss of trust in their employer. ▫ 46% say that a lack of transparent communication from their company’s leadership is a motivator. ▫ 65% of Fortune 1000 executives are concerned employees will be job hunting because of lack of trust in employer. “Earning trust is not easy, nor is it cheap, nor does it happen quickly. Earning trust is hard and demanding work. Trust comes only with genuine effort, never with a lick and a promise.” ~ Max De Pree, CEO of Herman Miller ~
  12. 12. Tips for Building a Culture of Trust and Ethics • Recruitment, selection and promotion of those who live the values • Leadership integrity ▫ Align words and actions ▫ Learn from feedback ▫ Take responsibility for mistakes • Empowerment and accountability for everyone • Positivity matters – happiness and fun create success: ▫ ▫ Celebrations and ceremonies • Create a winning vision ▫ Mission/value statement  TED: Spreading Ideas. USO lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families. ▫ Organizational stories ▫ Be inclusive of internal and external constituents • Transparency breeds trust and creates an ethical culture ▫ Open the lines of communication ▫ Don’t hide bad news – take responsibility
  13. 13. Thank you! • Continue the conversation: ▫ Email: ▫ Linked in: Tracey Rockett ▫ Twitter: @TraceyRockett