Warning Signs of Ethical Dilemmas

During ethics training, employees should gain a thorough understanding of company policy, as well as the importance of maintaining an ethical workplace. Here are some practical guidelines for ethics training:

  • Introduce new employees to the organization’s ethics policies and standards during their orientation period.
  • Make sure that all employees—old and new—get awareness training that introduces them to ethical problems and issues on the job.
  • Periodically review policies and codes of conduct with employees. These are the standards to which employees will be held. They need to fully understand them.
  • Make sure your training program also teaches employees how to make ethical decisions on the job.
  • Include in your training sessions studies of ethical problems that could occur—or have already occurred—on the job; for example, case studies based on actual or realistic scenarios within your organization or industry can help drive home the training message. By discussing case studies and/or using role play, employees will gain insight and practice in solving ethical problems and develop a greater awareness of and sensitivity to ethical issues in the workplace.

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What are the Warning Signs of an Ethical Dilemma?

Train employees at all levels to recognize the signs that they may be facing an ethical dilemma. Explain to them that sometimes ethical problems are obvious. But other times they may not really be aware of a looming ethical dilemma. They may be preoccupied with other pressing issues, or they may be in denial. But warning signs of an impending problem are usually there if they know what to look for.
For example:

  • If something about a situation is making them feel uncomfortable, it’s time to start digging and try to figure out what’s bothering them and why. There may well be an ethical issue at the root of their discomfort.
  • A clearer indication of an ethical problem is a feeling of guilt. If they’re feeling guilty, they probably did something wrong—or are thinking about doing something they know is wrong. They shouldn’t deny this feeling. They should explore it and respond appropriately to it.
  • Stress can be another indicator of an ethical dilemma. They’re feeling a lot of pressure; they’re losing sleep over something. These can be signs that they’re putting off making a difficult, but necessary, choice. Time to take a closer look.
  • Anger might also be a sign of an ethical problem. If they’re feeling pressured to make a decision that makes them feel uncomfortable, they may be angry at the person or people who are pressuring them.
  • Embarrassment is also a sign of possible misconduct—or the contemplation of misconduct. Would they be embarrassed to tell their boss, co-workers, friends, or family about what they’re doing or thinking of doing? If so, there’s a very good chance that it is unethical. They shouldn’t do it. Why risk losing the respect of all these important people in their life?
  • If they’re afraid of getting caught for what they’re doing or thinking about doing, it’s pretty clear that it is something they should not be doing. They need to pay attention to this feeling and stop before it’s too late.

Acting ethically is the behavior of a leader, and in that way all employees can be leaders. What other ways can employees show leadership?
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