Corporate Ethics Training: What Does it Mean and How Can it Help?

The term “ethics” is based upon a Greek word “ethos,” meaning character. Accordingly, in the corporate world, “ethics” is the makeup of the company and what it stands for. Alternatively, ethics, in the business sense, means doing the right thing. In order to fully commit to proper business ethics practices a company must instill its beliefs in its employees and managers. Most commonly this process takes place via online training wherein the students (managers and employees) learn the proper methods of maintaining compliance with the law and doing the right thing on a day to day basis.

Many companies have not invested in full-scale corporate ethics training, although many of those state a commitment to upholding the utmost in character and business practices across the board. Some of those companies can certainly stand to benefit from conducting online business ethics training, and the purpose of this post is to identify benefits that may not be readily apparent at first glance.

Ethics are More than Professional Responsibility

Lawyers and doctors have a professional commitment to uphold the ethics of their profession. This much is clear, as both groups of professionals take an oath to do so upon securing their license to practice law or medicine. In the business world most executives and company managers take no such formal oaths, and are merely bound by a loose set of rules (or a code of conduct) to act and behave a certain way. The problem with such a loose interpretation of ethics is that it can be misconstrued. Indeed, when a problem or dilemma arises, without formal ethics training different managers or employees may handle a situation differently. This is one reason why it is critical to conduct large-scale training to get all employees on the same page.

A Commitment to Corporate Ethics Extends to Everyone in the Company

It is important for employees and managers to understand that ethics flow throughout the company, not just from the top down. While many line managers and lower to mid-management employees believe they have no more than a commitment to follow instructions from upper management or executives, training teaches these employees that they have a commitment to instill a positive corporate culture, no matter their role within the company. By conducting our online training courses, employees at all levels are able to relate to real-life scenarios that illustrate ethical dilemmas from the bottom up!

Syntrio’s Business Ethics Training Courses Break the Mold

Syntrio provides cost-effective online business ethics training to companies of all sizes across the country. Our proven methods of integrating real-life scenarios such with hypothetical situations are engaging and educational. Additionally, Syntrio provides a tailored course aimed at creating and implementing codes of conduct and ethical practices.

Syntrio is committed to helping companies of all sizes maintain the highest possible ethical standards, and is willing to custom tailor a course to meet the needs of your company. 

Contact www.syntrio.com for more information about our online business ethics courses and remember to follow us on TwitterGoogle Plus and LinkedIn for daily updates on employment law and compliance issues that may impact your organization!

 

University of Minnesota Athletic Director Resigns Over Sexual Harassment Scandal

Citing “too much to drink” and “behav[ing] badly towards nice people,” University of Minnesota Athletic Director Norwood Teague has resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment, per a report.  According to the story, the University received two separate complaints of harassment on behalf of University employees recently. Both claimed that Norwood acted inappropriately at a recent University event. Unsurprisingly, Norwood told ESPN.com “he’s embarrassed by his actions” and “sent inappropriate texts.”

Teague has been the University Athletic Director since 2012. During his tenure he oversaw a major men’s football and basketball program and a countless number of other successful amateur athletics programs.  Teague’s scandal is just the latest in a long line of University employee harassment [and worse] scandals, including the one at Penn State nearly five years ago that led to the arrest of Jerry Sandusky and the resignation of famous football coach Joe Paterno. 

Lawsuit Likely to Follow

Now that Teague has admitted to acting inappropriately, it is only a matter of time before the accusers will file a lawsuit. The University will face costly litigation that will undoubtedly tarnish the reputation of the institution. This comes less than a year after the Campus SaVE Act went into effect, requiring institutions receiving federal funding to conduct training courses aimed at preventing violent acts against women. Although Teague’s actions appear non-violent in intent, harassing behavior such as Teague is accused of can lead to further incidents if allowed to persist in a University environment.

Harassment Training Courses Aimed at Universities Can Prevent Situations Like this

Syntrio provides cost-effective online training courses to colleges and universities across the country. Our proven methods of integrating real-life scenarios such as the Teague situation discussed above with hypothetical situations are engaging and educational. Additionally, Syntrio provides a tailored course aimed at preventing campus violence.

Syntrio is committed to helping campuses of all sizes eliminate sexual [and other] harassment across the board, and therefore provides harassment in the workplace courses that are cognizant of the value of time to modern institutions of higher learning. Contact  www.syntrio.com for more information about our HR Compliance courses and remember to follow us on TwitterGoogle Plus and LinkedIn for daily updates on compliance issues that may impact your company!