Ethical practice - Lesson 6: your reflections

Welcome to the online community learning space for the lesson: Acting as an ethical role model. Use this forum to discuss the community reflective activity in the lesson. Read the contributions of others, ‘liking’ those you find helpful and add your unique reflections to the conversation by replying to this post. Click here to return to the lesson page at any time.

Community reflective activity:
Think about the ways in which you have been successful in modelling ethical behaviour. Share your best tip.

  • My best tip is to lead by example; act as ethically as I can in any given situation and help the team to follow suit.
  • I agree with laura although I would also be putting myself in others shoes when making decisions. Chances are if it's a situation/comment I wouldn't like then I should be checking the reasons why.
  • My top tip would be the importance of 'walking the walk' rather than just 'talking the talk', ensuring that we live and breathe the values and behaviours that we are expecting others to uphold, taking full accountability for our actions and inspiring others to do the same.
  • Assessing performance ratings that lead to the determination of promotions and salary decisions challenges my role as employee advocate. Transparency on the criteria to make those decisions is published widely among all employees to explain and support the final outcomes. Feedback suggests that for employees knowing the guidelines helps the process.
  • In reply to Helene:

    Top tip being the importance of transparency, Helene?
  • In case you haven't yet seen these I thought it would be useful to share the link to a three-part webinar series CIPD are delivering on ethical practice at work in March and April 2020. Click here to find out more www.cipd.co.uk/.../ethics-at-work-webinars
  • Thinking about a comment at the end of the podcast - transparency; without feeling any need for virtue signalling I think making an ethical decision is the first & most important step, but sharing that step & how to was arrived at is an important part of advocating, encouraging & role modelling ethical behaviour throughout the organisation, & an advantageous second step
  • In my case, my tip is being clear and transparent , show your doubts and share your thought with your team that would help you to grow up.
  • In reply to Michelle Battista:

    If you missed the CIPD ethics webinars you can listen to the recordings that are available on this CIPD webpage... www.cipd.co.uk/.../ethics-work-guide
  • I echo the other respondents concerning 'leading by example' and 'practising what you preach'. Gain an in-depth understanding of the Company values, the CIPD Code of conduct and reflect on your own personal values and morals; living and breathing the ethos. Having said that, we are only human and are therefore can be unconsciously unethical, so if you are unsure get a second opinion and be accountable for any misjudgements.
  • By taking accountability for all decisions and operational areas, it ensures that I always have to think ethically when completing any task or project. Client relationships are built on and maintained through integrity, they have trust that even if you are telling them something they do not want to hear, you are doing so for the right reasons. By not allowing clients to "remove" team members for no acceptable reason, not allowing teams to take short cuts, or letting poor performance or conduct slide, I am role modelling the expectations and demonstrating management of consequence.
  • I think when modelling ethical behaviour, perception is very important, as ultimately it is others perceiving your actions which forms the modelling aspect. With that in mind, the trio of work matters, people matter and professionalism matters helps me to think of how actions will be seen in those lights. Is the behaviour perceived as professional? Does it display consideration of the people involved? Is it clear that this is also positively impacts the resulting work output?

    Ethical behaviour may be at the forefront of the people professional's mind more so than others, so a big part of modelling it is showing the positive business and human case for it.
  • I think as many others have referenced here, transparency is key. Not just in showing the decisions you've made and the actions you've taken, but about the processes through which they are made. On the occasions when you could have improved on your process, this transparency should allow people to instigate that discussion, no matter what level they are at, and lead to a shared and potentially improved conclusion.