Can you teach people to be ethical?<br />MarielaMacklis<br />Clinton Jones<br />Kayla Zacher<br />Ledia Soriano<br />Roman...
Introduction<br />Ethics Training<br />Kathleen Edmond (Chief Ethics Officer)<br />140,000 U.S. & Canadian employees each ...
Being Ethical:<br /> Skills &Abilities<br />Know the laws<br />	-rules and regulations of the company<br />Training<br />T...
“Ethical Plan”<br /><ul><li>Enforce Code of Conduct
Give scenarios
Focus on real workplace issues
Learn to observe/react quickly
Talk about consequences
Good performance reviews lead to rewards</li></ul>4<br />
Online Ethics Courses<br />5<br />
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Best Buy Ethics Case

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Human Resource Management 10/2010

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  • When all your employees act ethically, it benefits everyone. Your employees will be happy, stockholders will be happy, the community will be happy, every stakeholder will benefit the rewards of your company following ethical guidelines. ” We are not saying that by teaching ethics, your company will be perfect, that no one will steal, or that your profitability will double by hiring an ethics officer. But what we are saying is that by implementing ethics into corporate policy, you can make a manager for example stop and ask him/herself. “Does this decision fall within the accepted values or standards of Best Buy policy?” Kathleen Edmund has a blog where she writes about incidents she has encountered as the Chief Ethics Officer at Best Buy of employees acting unethically and people can join in the conversation and say what they want. She recently posted an incident where one employee used gift card to launder company theft. The manager acting unethically here, bought $100,000 + best buy gift cards to supposedly give to his/her employees for job well done at the company’s expense but would not only by them but would sign off on a subordinates to purchase them too. When the subordinate found out something fishy was going on, he/she confronted the manager and did not report the manager but because his active partner. Teaching ethics is not an easy thing to do. There is no RIGHT way to do it, but it is valuable for your employees to learn. It is important too that senior execs, management, and HR act as a role models to lower-level employees. They should always try to act ethically and also remind their employees about the consequences of not acting ethically and also do implement your rewards systems, like our former Best Buy employee, Clinton, said earlier that he never saw their rewards system put to use.
  • Best Buy Ethics Case

    1. 1. Can you teach people to be ethical?<br />MarielaMacklis<br />Clinton Jones<br />Kayla Zacher<br />Ledia Soriano<br />Roman Feygenberg<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />Ethics Training<br />Kathleen Edmond (Chief Ethics Officer)<br />140,000 U.S. & Canadian employees each year<br />Trainer delivered<br />1/5th of performance review<br />Rewards<br />Skills required? Does it work? Can it be better?<br />eth·i·cal [eth-i-kuhl]<br /> -adjective<br />pertaining to or dealing with morals or the principles of morality; pertaining to right &wrong in conduct.<br />2<br />
    3. 3. Being Ethical:<br /> Skills &Abilities<br />Know the laws<br /> -rules and regulations of the company<br />Training<br />Team work skills<br />Ability to communicate well<br />3<br />
    4. 4. “Ethical Plan”<br /><ul><li>Enforce Code of Conduct
    5. 5. Give scenarios
    6. 6. Focus on real workplace issues
    7. 7. Learn to observe/react quickly
    8. 8. Talk about consequences
    9. 9. Good performance reviews lead to rewards</li></ul>4<br />
    10. 10. Online Ethics Courses<br />5<br />
    11. 11. Does it work?<br /><ul><li>You can’t MAKE someone ethical
    12. 12. Motivators can cloud judgment
    13. 13. Ethics is about “living it even when no one is watching”
    14. 14. Common sense
    15. 15. Everyone is different
    16. 16. Morals, beliefs, motivations, etc.
    17. 17. Foundation of becoming a good employee/person</li></ul>6<br />
    18. 18. Suggestions<br /><ul><li>Personal experience
    19. 19. Current rewards system
    20. 20. Use simulation training
    21. 21. Group-building methods & team training
    22. 22. Create & maintain an ethical work culture</li></ul>7<br />
    23. 23. Conclusion<br />The importance of ethics in business<br />Kathleen Edmond’s ethics blog<br />Senior execs, management & HR act as role models<br />Follow up on rewards systems <br />“Morals are an acquirement – like music, like a foreign language, like piety, poker, paralysis –no man is born with them.”<br />-Mark Twain<br />8<br />
    24. 24. “It is not what leaders SAY that matters but <br />what they DO.”<br />9<br />
    25. 25. Questions?<br />10<br />

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