crisismanagementUnit5 - Discussion Installing code of...

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Discussion: Installing code of ethics and appointing chief ethics officers Implement ethics training that includes hotlines Management articulates and sets examples Managers set and attain challenging, but attainable goals. Discipline for violations Scheduling regular audits and adjustments based on internal and external landscape, stakeholders, and laws and regulations There are several key things an organization can do to encourage ethical decision making within the company's culture. First, it will be important to install a code of ethics and appoint chief ethics officers (Crandall, Parnell, & Spillan, 2013). This code of ethics should be readily available to all employees via a pamphlet or even through postings and signs throughout the organization. Often, an organization's mission statement will also include the company's efforts to conduct business ethically. The code of ethics should not only state what is expected, but list the disciplinary actions that will be sought out if their is a violation. If an employee breaks the code, no matter what rank they are, discipline should be swift. The chief ethics officers in place at an organization can ensure that proper decision making is being made throughout the company. They also help to monitor employee feedback and concerns, and carry out disciplinary actions if needed. Next, the organization should offer extensive training on ethical standards, which might include classes, or even workshops that offer interactive role playing so employees can practice good decision making (Crandall et al., 2013). Managers should articulate the rules and regulations set forth, and I feel it is beneficial for them to also set examples. Not only should they sign off on the code of ethics, they should attend the classes alongside employees. Setting an example not only lets employees know that the company is serious about ethical actions, but also creates an air of enthusiasm and passion for doing the right thing. This can help to ingrain ethical decision making into a company’s culture. I feel that goal setting should be set at all levels throughout an organization, but to keep the temptation of unethical behavior at bay, the goals should be achievable (Crandall et al., 2013). That is not to say that they should not be challenging, but not so difficult that they cannot be met reasonably. Once again, managers at each level should be setting examples for other managers and employees by not taking short cuts, and working to achieve goals that are in line with the company culture. After all of these are set into motion, it will be necessary to schedule regular ethics audits (Crandall et al., 2013). The landscape is always changing, as well as internal and external stakeholders, and even government and industry regulations and laws. We will need to be vigilant in monitoring both internal and external changes to stay in line with our own ethical standards, as well as following the law and meeting the ever changing expectations of our external stakeholders as well. These types of audits should be done both internally and
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externally. Internal audits are often effective for tracking internal controls and behaviors, but
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