Lets begin with the roots of things, because where else is better to start than from the bottom. We all begin there anyhow, don’t we? Lets look at the Greek roots of our language. First we’ll get a working definition of what ethics are before discovering how it works in the workplace.
Ethics comes from the Greek word, Ethos. According to Merriam-Webster, ethos is defined as, “the distinguishing character, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group, or institution.” The first necessary step would be to set and define your company’s expectations from each individual employee.
Do you have a working definition of what the code of conduct is within your company? Don’t forget, this is a two-way street. Set clear boundaries. ‘Here is what we will do for you, and here is what we expect in return.’
Give what you expect
Companies need to have their own organizational ethics. The basics ethics of a company should involve an undeniable expression of respect and trust of each employee equally, on all levels of the company.
The employer must offer the employee what they expect in return. Don’t be afraid to set high standards, just be willing to give as much as you want to take. Training courses on the businesses’ ethics is a great way to implement these expectations from CEOS, managers and employees.
Encouraging results in productivity
The work ethics of the employees is vital for the success of the company. When an employee respects the work he does and respects the workplace, he will naturally be more productive.
If the aspirations of the company are to expand, this possibility must be made available for the employee as well. Encouraging the output of the employee with acknowledgement of their efforts will increase the productivity of their work, and therefore of the company.
Influence of ethics inside and outside
It’s important to remember, and remind your employees, the value of ethics not only in the workplace but outside of it as well.
In general, when people act responsibly and with determination, this attitude will enhance not only their work lives, but their personal lives as well. We’ve all had that experience of going to the supermarket, movie theatre, or restaurant where the employee was rude and unhelpful.
It’s not hard to imagine what this person is like in their day-to-day life. One small switch in a person’s mentality can change their whole life. Don’t forget, when people feel more productive, more useful, the better they feel in their lives all around. Keep up this positive attitude, with small inspirations and motivations, and your employee will be more driven and, so will their success rate.