How to Establish Ethics in the Workplace

You can establish an ethical workplace environment at your business. Employees look to you when it comes to business ethics as the example of what’s expected:

  • Make sure that your words and actions are in sync. One of the most important things to remember in business is an old adage: “Actions speak louder than words.” Employees want a leader who does what she says she'll do. Sure, they listen to what you’re saying, but if your actions are contradicting your words, then your message is lost.

    Employees will watch your behavior as a guide to what is acceptable office conduct. You are the rule, not the exception. That means you need to establish the behavior that you expect or want others to adopt.

  • Base your decisions on values. Values are your first step toward employee empowerment and teamwork. When all employees in a company share similar values, then you’re well on your way to attaining a higher level of performance. Shared values make your employees feel like a team.

    You need to be able to tell employees what the company stands for and what it’s trying to achieve. Then you need to practice what you preach.

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