It is commonplace for many organizations and individuals to say that ethics is important. It is less common for them to live an ethical life.
The failure to live ethics can be seen in the popular press on a daily basis. What is not seen is what is done about it. Individuals find it extremely troublesome when something bad or wrong happens; either, to them, or witnessed by them. Frequently they have a sense that something is wrong but may not be able to pinpoint what to do (or if anything needs to be done) about it.
Workers in this position are distracted and unproductive.
They may be at a loss about what to do. Do they try to fix it?
Do they keep their mouth shut? Do they work in a dysfunctional environment or with a dysfunctional colleague? Do they quit? People facing ethical difficulties, or are seeing problems with others’ work or habits, are unproductive and harder to retain.
Unethical things always happen in a group setting and, usually, within the group the affected individual belongs to: The culture of the group may be the problem or it may be particular individuals in the group.
Do you find that you have hired someone who will do anything to get promoted? Why did you not spot that before they started work?
Is any of this familiar?
I may have a suggestion or two for you.
To this end I offer professional, independent, and practical ethics related services for individuals and for organizations of all kinds. I have been engaged by professional societies; business firms; community groups; and sports (clubs, leagues, federations).
Dr. Richard Lucas
The Ethics Consultancy is an ethics service which provides a full suite of products to enhance your ethics.
The services are:
- Professional Ethics Advice
- Ethics culture evaluation
- Pre-joining ethics evaluation
- Codes of Ethics
- Ethics Audits
- Ethics Education
- Ethics literacy assessment
- Tailored Case Studies
- Informed Consent Documents
- Ethics Committee
- Ethics Officer
- Selection Criteria Development
- Ethics Change Management
- Ethics Benefits Realization Management