Join Bob McGannon for an in-depth discussion in this video Problem indicators, part of Business Ethics (2015).
- There's no such thing as a sudden crisis,…only a lack of information or analysis.…Crises sometimes appear to be sudden…because they've been brewing for some time,…but you've not noticed the decay.…That begs the question,…how can you expand your ability…to see brewing ethical behavior issues?…How can you understand what problems…might come to realization before they happen?…In short, what are the early warning indicators,…or red flags, for ethical problems?…The red flags are often present,…but may not be so obvious.…
Often, when a group of individual is being unethical…they're aware of it…and will try everything possible to cover their tracks.…So, you need to look carefully.…I find it useful to break up problem indicators…into three simple categories;…systems, processes, and people.…First, lets examine the systems.…In most organizations there's a lot of data…and business information…held in information technology systems.…
Issues can easily surface if you don't have…strict security in place over those systems.…How your major application systems are built…
Bob also discusses ethics in relationship to specific business scenarios: working with suppliers and vendors, organizational decision making, and doing business internationally. He addresses how to handle business ethics violations and provides a checklist of items for staff to evaluate if something is ethical.
- Define the purpose and intent of business ethics.
- Describe why particular situations might be considered ethical or unethical.
- Determine how to approach and report unethical behavior.
- Identify how to message ethical policies to your staff.
- Demonstrate ethical behavior by leading by example.
- List options and best practices for escalating problems in your department.