#6 Ethics and Training Read the ?Thinking Ethically? and answer the three questions at the end of this section in a 2 ? 3 page paper. In addition to the three questions in the text, answer the following question: Describe and evaluate the usefulness of two traditional training methods that could be used to foster ethical behavior. THINKING ETHICALLY MENTORING TO DEVELOP ETHICAL EMPLOYEES According to business professor Linda Trevi?o, ethical behavior in organizations depends less on formal training programs than on such management practices as ethical leadership. Perhaps most important is creating an environment in which employees believe people are treated fairly. Managers can foster such an environment by responding positively when employees raise ethical and other concerns. They can also build ethical leadership by rewarding ethical behavior in managers and by placing ethical managers in positions where they can mentor others. In recent years, mentoring has become especially critical in companies? financial divisions. Several high profile scandals involving misleading financial reports have brought greater regulation and public scrutiny, especially aimed at the chief financial officer (CFO) and his or her staff. Whereas CFOs were once valued primarily for their quantitative skills, today they need a broader range of ethical skills. In particular, they must be role models for ethical behavior, mentoring the organization?s other financial experts. With these greater demands, the average length of service for a CFO is now just 30 months. SOURCES: Linda Trevi?o, ?The Key Role of HR in Organizational Ethics,? Ethics Resource Center, 2007, www.ethics.org , accessed March 21, 2008; and Cynthia Jamison, ?Struggling to Survive,? Strategic Finance , April 2007, downloaded from General Reference Center Gold, http://find.galegroup.com Questions 1. In general, how might a senior executive mentor junior employees in behaving ethically? 2. If you were an employee who contributed to preparing an organization?s financial statements, would having a CFO who places a high priority on ethical behavior help you meet high ethical standards? Why or why not? 3. How might an HR department help to develop financial executives who are ethical leaders and mentors?
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