Information from a poll by the Ethics Resource Center has revealed that current levels of business ethics are nearing pre-Enron levels. Another poll by Junior Achievement and Deloitte reports that 41 percent of U.S. teens think that unethical behavior is necessary to advance while only 22 percent of teens held that point of view in 2005.
KPMG has developed a teaching tool that it uses to educate college students about business ethics. The
KPMG program uses case studies, videos, and role- playing games to familiarize students with real-world ethical scenarios.
HR CONTRARIAN POINTER: When all the Annual Reports have been handed out and the speeches are finished about a company and it’s wonderful accomplishments, the factor that drives the culture and subsequently ethical behavior is the personal example set by each member of senior management.
If you verbally “trash” customers, employees will feel that they have implied permission to do the same. If you “pad” invoices, employees will feel that they have permission to “pad” other things including their expense reports.
Despite what you say or what you put in writing, it is your example that everyone follows. Set a good one!
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