Business Ethics for the Office

Busi­ness Ethics for the Office

This two-​day work­shop will not pro­vide you with an easy way to solve every eth­i­cal deci­sion you will ever have to make. It will, how­ever, help you define your eth­i­cal frame­work to make solv­ing those eth­i­cal dilem­mas eas­ier. We’ll also look at some tools that you can use when you’re faced with an eth­i­cal deci­sion. And, we’ll look at some tech­niques you can use so you don’t get stuck in an eth­i­cal quandary. Best of all, we’ll look at a lot of case stud­ies so that you can prac­tice mak­ing deci­sions in a safe environment.

How You Will Benefit:

  • Under­stand the dif­fer­ence between ethics and morals
  • Under­stand the value of ethics
  • Iden­tify some of your val­ues and moral principles
  • Be famil­iar with some philo­soph­i­cal approaches to eth­i­cal decisions
  • Iden­tify some ways to improve ethics in your office
  • Know what is required to start devel­op­ing an office code of ethics
  • Know some ways to avoid eth­i­cal dilemmas
  • Have some tools to help you make bet­ter decisions

What You Will Cover:

  • The def­i­n­i­tion of ethics and morals
  • Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of your values
  • Kohlberg’s six stages of moral development
  • Basic philo­soph­i­cal approaches
  • Core decision-​making tools
  • Tools spe­cific to eth­i­cal deci­sion making
  • 22 golden keys to an eth­i­cal office
  • Dilem­mas with co-​workers, super­vi­sors, clients, and com­pany policy
  • How to avoid dilemmas
  • Recov­er­ing from a mistake

Intro­duc­tion and Course Overview

You will spend the first part of the day get­ting to know par­tic­i­pants and dis­cussing what will take place dur­ing the work­shop. Stu­dents will also have an oppor­tu­nity to iden­tify their per­sonal learn­ing objectives.

What is Ethics?
To start the day, we will dis­cuss what the words “ethics” and “morals” mean. Par­tic­i­pants will also have an oppor­tu­nity to iden­tify some of their per­sonal values.

Tak­ing Your Moral Tem­per­a­ture, Part One
Before we begin dis­cussing how to make good deci­sions, stu­dents will be asked to think about how they would respond to some sticky situations.

Why Bother with Ethics?
Dur­ing this ses­sion, we will look at some of the pay­offs of eth­i­cal behavior.

Kohlberg’s Six Stages
This ses­sion will explore Kohlberg’s six stages of moral devel­op­ment through a lec­ture and a small group exercise.

Some Objec­tive Ways of Look­ing at the World
We will look at some clas­sic philo­soph­i­cal approaches to prob­lems dur­ing this ses­sion, includ­ing the golden rule, util­i­tar­i­an­ism, and the cat­e­gor­i­cal imper­a­tive. Par­tic­i­pants will also apply these approaches to some hypo­thet­i­cal situations.

What Does Eth­i­cal Mean?
What seems to be the eth­i­cal choice can dif­fer depend­ing on what side of the dilemma you’re on. To illus­trate this, we will look at the case of Merck Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals in a lec­ture and in small groups.

Avoid­ing Eth­i­cal Dilem­mas
This ses­sion will exam­ine some ways that we can avoid get­ting stuck in eth­i­cal dilem­mas. Then, par­tic­i­pants will apply the meth­ods to a case study.

Pit­falls and Excuses
We can always find excuses to make the wrong deci­sion. This ses­sion will look at some of the most com­mon rea­sons for bad deci­sions and offer some think­ing points.

Devel­op­ing an Office Code of Ethics
This ses­sion will look at what a code of ethics should con­tain, how to deter­mine if your com­pany is ready for a code, and some sam­ple codes of ethics.

22 Keys to an Eth­i­cal Office
Ethics expert Nan DeMars has iden­ti­fied 22 keys to help make your office eth­i­cal. We will review these keys in a lec­ture, and then par­tic­i­pants will be asked to iden­tify some ways to use the ideas to help resolve areas of eth­i­cal con­cern in their office.

Basic Deci­sion Mak­ing Tools
This ses­sion will look at a basic three-​phase prob­lem solv­ing model and some prob­lem solv­ing tools.

Eth­i­cal Deci­sion Mak­ing Tools
In addi­tion to the basic prob­lem solv­ing tools cov­ered in the pre­vi­ous ses­sion, there are some spe­cial tools that you can use to solve eth­i­cal prob­lems. We will dis­cuss some basic tools (such as the smell test and the shoe test) and some advanced tools (such as the Pot­ter box and the Kid­der process).

Dilem­mas with Com­pany Pol­icy
It is pos­si­ble that your company’s poli­cies will place you in an eth­i­cal dilemma. This ses­sion will look at some things that you can do if this happens.

Dilem­mas with Co-​Workers
Dur­ing this ses­sion, we will look at some eth­i­cal dilem­mas that co-​workers can cre­ate. First, we will dis­cuss some basic tips in a lec­ture, and then par­tic­i­pants will com­plete a case study.

Dilem­mas with Clients
Clients can some­times request that we do some­thing uneth­i­cal for a num­ber of rea­sons. This ses­sion will exam­ine some of the most com­mon rea­sons. Then, par­tic­i­pants will role play some pos­si­ble scenarios.

Dilem­mas and Super­vi­sors
This ses­sion will cover some dilem­mas you might encounter as a super­vi­sor, and some dilem­mas that super­vi­sors might put you in.

What to do When You Make a Mis­take
Let’s face the truth: we’re all human. We all make mis­takes and make deci­sions that we wish we could take back. This ses­sion will exam­ine Nan DeMars’ six-​step plan for recov­er­ing from mis­takes gracefully.

Tak­ing Your Moral Tem­per­a­ture, Part Two
At the begin­ning of the work­shop, par­tic­i­pants were asked to think about how they would han­dle some sticky sit­u­a­tions. Par­tic­i­pants will now be asked to re-​evaluate their deci­sions in light of every­thing they have learned.

Work­shop Wrap-​Up
At the end of the day, stu­dents will have an oppor­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and fill out an action plan.

Short Descrip­tion

What exactly makes a deci­sion eth­i­cal? The prob­lem with ethics is that what may seem morally right (or eth­i­cal) to one per­son may seem appalling to another.

Course Info

Two Days — 16 hr :

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