When problems relating to corporate or business ethics are exposed in the media, people can be quick to blame the organization as a whole or senior management in particular for the lack of standards. Others consider that a lack of ethics only matters if you get caught. However, good business or corporate ethics involves a lot more than staying out of the news or even simply making sure that people comply with company policies, laws, standards and financial regulations.
Business or corporate ethics is more about the day-to-day behavior and decisions of individuals. This is not just about individuals near the top of the organization (although they have a special role) but every individual, in every team at every level. People’s values as individuals are critical to success as is their understanding of the ethical standards and values of the enterprise to which they belong.
Ultimately, perhaps the reason why ethical behavior has become of such broad interest in recent times is because individuals, teams and organizations have an even greater role to play in “doing the right thing” in today’s highly competitive and more transparent world than ever before and to achieve this a well-thought-through framework to aid decision-making can be very helpful.
The “Ethical Behavior Approach assessment” (see link below) helps individuals to determine whether or not they are behaving in an appropriately ethical manner in four specific categories of:
- Ethical Leadership
- Ethical Commerce
- Ethical Relationships
- Ethical Controls
The ethical behavior assessment gives individuals the opportunity to carry out a self-assessment in terms of each one of the four ethical categories (plotting the results on a grid for maximum visual impact). Individuals end up with a personalized report of results which also then shows where efforts to better appreciate their own and others ethical behavior may be best concentrated in the future. The $15 spent on this assessment is therefore well-worth the investment in taking it.