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How Organizations Can Promote Ethics

Ethics are the standards of right and wrong that influence behavior, and ethical behavior is the accepted or “right” way to behave according to those standards. Managers will often have to choose between courses of action that will promote either economic performance or social performance. In today’s marketplace, organizations are under tighter and tighter scrutiny when it comes to ethics. This activity is important because it is critical for managers to be familiar with and understand ethics and how to promote ethical behavior in the workplace.

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The goal of this activity is to challenge your knowledge of the ways in which organizations can promote high ethical standards on the job.

Riverview Manufacturing, as part of an ongoing continuous improvement process, recently completed an ethics audit to determine if there were potential ethical lapses within their organization. While they did not find any glaring problems or issues, they did discover some issues that need to be addressed as well as some best practices that need to be recognized.

Match each scenario to a strategy for promoting ethical behavior.

  1. Rewarding ethical behavior, protecting whistleblowers

  2. Using a multifaceted approach

  3. Creating a strong ethical climate

  4. Instituting ethics codes and training programs

  5. Screening prospective employees

Match each of the options above to the items below.

  • Strategies: As a result of the audit, Riverview has decided to conduct a similar ethics checkup twice per year to evaluate all of its ethics-related policies and procedures, including its approaches to prospective employee screening, ethics training, and rewards.

  • Strategies: As a result of the audit, Riverview has decided to conduct a similar ethics checkup twice per year to evaluate all of its ethics-related policies and procedures, including its approaches to prospective employee screening, ethics training, and rewards. Open choices for matching

  • No answer 1 2 3 4 5

  • Strategies: Part of the orientation program at Riverview involves new hires reading a series of scenarios and describing how they would deal with them. As a group, the new hires discuss their choices and the related ethical implications.

  • Strategies: Part of the orientation program at Riverview involves new hires reading a series of scenarios and describing how they would deal with them. As a group, the new hires discuss their choices and the related ethical implications. Open choices for matching

  • No answer 1 2 3 4 5

  • Strategies: Riverview does not have a formal grievance policy where employees are able to report colleagues who engage in unethical behavior. After all, those behaviors can cost other employees business in the long run.

  • Strategies: Riverview does not have a formal grievance policy where employees are able to report colleagues who engage in unethical behavior. After all, those behaviors can cost other employees business in the long run. Open choices for matching

  • No answer 1 2 3 4 5

  • Strategies: When reviewing the performance evaluation procedures at Riverview, it was discovered that when salespeople lose a bid because they will not offer kickbacks, it is noted in their performance evaluations and those sales are excluded so that the salesperson’s evaluation is not negatively impacted.

  • Strategies: When reviewing the performance evaluation procedures at Riverview, it was discovered that when salespeople lose a bid because they will not offer kickbacks, it is noted in their performance evaluations and those sales are excluded so that the salesperson’s evaluation is not negatively impacted. Open choices for matching

  • No answer 1 2 3 4 5

  • Strategies: Employees at Riverview go through an extensive background check prior to their employment to make sure there aren’t surprises down the road.

  • Strategies: Employees at Riverview go through an extensive background check prior to their employment to make sure there aren’t surprises down the road. Open choices for matching

  • No answer 1 2 3 4 5

 
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