Insights 70 Days Ethics Plan
Day – 15
- In an organisation/institution, attitude of colleagues and superiors will have both positive and negative influence on thought and behaviour of employees. In your opinion, what should be done to make employees adhere to ethos of organisation and not be influenced negatively by people around them thereby helping them to contribute to growth of an organisation/institution?
Workplace ethics are a crucial part of employment, and organizations that follow certain business ethics have better chances of survival, compared to those whose only goal is to earn profits. The recent cases of scandals, frauds, and irregularities in various organizations have led to ethics in the workplace making a strong comeback. While businesses focus on profitability and success, it is imperative to train employees on being ethical.
How to make employees adhere to ethos of organisations :-
- Ethics and Compliance Training Programs:
- Besides setting goals for the upcoming year, organizations should focus more on training employees on workplace ethics. A few members of the top level management can lead the ethics and compliance training programs. Such initiatives will stress the fact that employees must cultivate and adhere to the ethical code of the workplace.
- Training in ethics helps build a strong team and fosters professionalism amongst employees, thereby increasing productivity.
- Written Code of Conduct:
- This clearly defines the ethics to be maintained in an organization. The aim of defining and writing a code of conduct is to let employees know what is acceptable and what is not within the organization.
- Role Models:
- Seniors behaving in a morally upright manner will set an example for juniors to emulate.
- It is essential to communicate the ethical values to employees and equip them with the authority to take appropriate ethical decision in any given situation.
- Rewards for ethical behaviour:
- After the completion of the ethical training program, an employee can be rewarded for positive behavior, so that the employee will not only continue to adhere to the ethical practices but also be an inspiration to his colleagues.
How to ensure they contribute to the growth of organisation :-
- When employees don’t know their company’s mission, vision or core values, they are left with a lack of direction. Instead, they need to be aware of how their projects fit into the overall organizational framework and how their specific contributions impact company strategy.
- Employees at all levels need to be aligned on their companies larger goals, and those goals need to be broken down to a smaller scale to ensure that people remain engaged in day-to-day operations.
- Feedbackabout performance typically looks at how someone’s work affects other people in that employee’s job area.
- Listening to Co-Worker’s Complaints and issues:-
- If the Issues are genuine then adequate steps can be taken to resolve them, which would not only curb the issues faced by Workers of Organisation but would also provide a Co-operative and Constructive environment for Workers.
a) Behaviour vs Attitude
Attitude is defined as a person’s mental tendency, which is responsible for the way he thinks or feels for someone or something. Behaviour implies the actions, moves, conduct or functions or an individual or group towards other persons.
A person’s attitude is mainly based on the experiences gained by him during the course of his life and observations. On the other hand, the behaviour of a person relies on the situation.
Attitude is a person’s inner thoughts and feelings. As opposed to, behaviour expresses a person’s attitude.
The way of thinking or feeling is reflected by a person’s attitude. On the contrary, a person’s conduct is reflected by his behaviour.
Attitude is defined by the way we perceive things whereas behaviour is ruled by social norms.
Attitude is a human trait but behaviour is an inborn attribute.
A person’s attitude affects thoughts while his/her behavior affects actions.
b) Social influence
Social influence is the change in behavior that one person causes in another, intentionally or unintentionally, as a result of the way the changed person perceives themselves in relationship to the influencer, other people and society in general.
c) Persuasion vs Influence:-
Influence is having a vision of the optimum outcome for a situation or organization and then, without using force or coercion, motivating people to work together toward making the vision a reality. Persuasion can be used to spur someone to action or to make a decision.
Persuasion happens because of an action that you take. It is something that you do. Influence is long term. Persuasion is short term.
For instance If I influence people it makes me more persuasive; the more persuasive I am, it allows me to build influence.