Ethics Training & Workshops
Ethics are learnt in the practice. In ethics training employees have to understand how ethics impacts on their roles and responsibilities. They also need to understand the consequences of choices they make, particularly when they impact on the culture and reputation of the organisation they work for.
Ethics training needs to be conducted at all levels and needs to be designed for different audiences and different contexts. Leaders need to understand the difference between leadership and ethical leadership; managers need to understand the importance of the ‘mood in the middle’ and why they are the loudest message; frontline staff need to understand that actions shape culture on a daily basis.
Ethics training needs to engage the audience in a mature conversation about real-life scenarios, the ‘what ifs’ of daily organisational life. Face-to-face training is critical to getting the message across and providing a platform for ‘real world’ discussions. E-Learning is an important reinforcement of face-to-face training but is not a substitute for it. Consistency of message is critical to the success of ethics training. A blended learning approach is the ideal combination of both.
Ethics have to be embedded in the “four pillars of organisational success”: recruitment and induction; reward and recognition; performance management, and; management communication. Ethics are also connected to the Values and Purpose.
Benefits of Ethics Training
“Ethics is the depth dimension of culture; only truly tested in times of crisis.”
- Improved morale
- Improved performance
- Better engagement with stakeholders
- better returns on investment
- Encourages employees to speak up early about emerging cultural challenges
- Reduces fraud and corruption
- protects employees by making the rules clear
Firstly, establish the strategic objectives. In order to understand the dimensions of the ethical culture you want, you need to understand where you are starting from.. What do you aim to achieve through ethics training? What are the perceived challenges you currently face? What are the learning objectives of the training? What else will you do to build an ethical infrastructure?
Secondly, conduct an ‘ethical audit’ to establish the common parameters of the existing ethical culture. What do your employees currently understand about the way you do things. Why does the organisation exist?; How does it succeed?; how are they managed?
Managing Values specialises in experiential learning programs: “learning by doing”. Using the 70/30 principle of adult learning, our ethics training is highly interactive and dilemma and case study based. We place learners in ‘real world’ situations and then ask them to apply their learning to their own workplace.