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December 2015

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Making the Right Decision

Many companies dedicate significant resources to develop programs that address compliance issues, sexual harassment, diversity,  and other government mandated programs.They have in-house policies and procedures that instruct employees on what are acceptable gratuities and gifts. They have policies on the subject of conflicts of interest. All of these flow down from the chief executive, the leader, business owner, which is true and necessary. However, all of the above are directed by force of law.

A closer examination shows that in many companies few managers and employees have regular conversations or discussions about ethics. Employees at all levels are directed to the company website to take this or that training program on ethics. These instructions may occur quarterly, semi-annually, or once a year. Beyond this little day-to-day discussion of ethics occurs.

In companies large and small in the U.S. and beyond safety discussions occur routinely, and these are so inculcated in company cultures that no one questions the need for these discussions. Entire industries have formed to support this integral part of a company’s work processes. Does ethics require the same kind of treatment? Should it be discussed as frequently, or subject to as much training as HSE issues? Perhaps yes, perhaps no, but we at The Ethics Workshop strongly believe that it must be treated as discipline or skill that is learned through practice and repetition. Lean to make The Right Decision, at the Right Time for the Right Reason©.

Visit the event page on our website and learn more about our training class on August 08th, 2016. Get a sense of how we approach important ethical concerns. Visit, sign up early, and save money all at the same time. You can also find information on the workshop at