In the post-Enron corporate environment, employers give compliance and corporate ethics more lip service than ever. But they don't really put their money where their mouths are, according an SHRM story.
When it comes to investing the time and money necessary to make compliance and ethics programs work as they were intended, says The Conference Board researcher Ronald Berenbeim, not many follow through.
Perhaps the lack of commitment stems from the high cost of training, or maybe it's that measuring the effectiveness of such a training program is difficult. Nonetheless, training is necessary. According to experts quoted at SHRM:
Training that makes employees think and actually involves them in making decisions and seeing the impact of those decisions works best. It's also important that employers review the training courses frequently and look for ways to address new issues and to make these programs more creative and engaging.
What's more, successful ethics training not only decreases a company's risk of the legal and financial issues that can result from ethical violations, it also goes a long way toward improving employee attitudes and positively impacting corporate culture.