Before beginning your discussion, read the article Ethics vs. compliance: Do we really need to talk about both? Organizations often use the terms ethics and compliance interchangeably. However, there are some nuances that are different between compliance and ethics. After reading the article, compare and contrast the similarities and differences between compliance and ethics. Evaluate whether a compliance officer or an ethics officer would be a better fit in your current organization (or in an organization with which you are familiar).
Ethics versus Compliance
It is sensible to talk about ethics and compliance considering that people use these two words for the same meaning even though the words differ. The idea of using these words interchangeably presents a problem given that the two diverge across various dimensions. One of these dimensions is the level of compliance. It is mandatory for employees to comply with policies and regulations within their organization. Conversely, these employees may choose to behave or act ethically, and they may face criticism for failing to adhere to abiding by the ethical principles or standards. In some instances, the breach of these standards may result into the litigation (Hagel, 2015). An individual’s behavior is ethical if they act appropriately based on the societal, professional or organizational expectations. On the contrary, one is considered obedient if they comply with existing laws or policies. Thus, a well-behaved person abides by ethical values while an obedient individual complies with regulations or legal policies.
However, the two exhibit shared characteristics. Just like compliance, ethics safeguards the organization given that they prevent the breach of organizational rules or policies which may expose the organization to the risk of litigation (Weinstein, 2019). They also cushion the organization against backlash given that employees’ behaviors and conduct conform to the ethical and legal guidelines which dictate behaviors. Still, the two define organizational culture by encouraging employees adopt desirable behaviors.
An ethics officer would fit into my organization’s case considering that they role goes beyond ensuring compliance to the organizational standards. This officer would guide employees to learn values which are critical to promoting compliance. They would also encourage employees to behave morally, and this can create a pool of workers who abide by the existing organizational and professional codes.
Weinstein, B. (2019). What’s The Difference between Compliance and Ethics?. Retrived from https://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceweinstein/2019/05/09/whats-the-difference-between-compliance-and-ethics/#29cef8975249.
Hagel, J. (2015, March 1). Ethics, reputation, and compliance gain as corporate priorities. Journal of Accountancy. Retrieved from http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/issues/2015/mar/business-ethics-and-compliance.html.
The Training Program for Ethics and Compliance
A. The Role of the Training
- Promote integrity and limit cases of misbehavior among employees.
- Equip workers with skills which they would use in identifying and resolving the problems they face.
- Reduce the chances of employees of damaging their reputation and that of the organization.
B. Meanings of Compliance and Ethics.
- Compliance requires one’s behaviors, decisions and conduct to be within the existing legal frameworks (Kadivar et al., 2017).
- Ethics deals with specific values or standards which one need to adhere to so that they would not face backlash or litigation.
C. The Protocol and Processes concerning Compliance and Ethics.
i. The Codes of Behaviors.
- The company’s values and principles.
- The company’s rules and regulations.
- The vision and mission which the company identify with.
- The behaviors, beliefs, values of the employees.
- Societal norms and expectations.
- Religious and cultural teachings which dictate how people ought to behave.
ii. The organizational policies and compliance.
- Employees’ actions and decisions have to reflect how the organization dictate they should act and behave (Kadivar et al., 2017).
- Employees have an obligation to follow rules and standards related to the organizational values.
- Employees should read and understand the requirements related to work tasks.
- Employees should make efforts to build better relationships with colleagues, customers and clients (Hagel, 2015).
iii. Signs of Ethical behaviors.
- Resolves conflicts and continuously strive to build relationships.
- Observes the rules and regulations related to those of the organization and the professional body.
- Constructively correct colleagues who make mistakes.
- Continuously strives to present a positive image of the organization.
- Is transparent in their actions and decisions.
Hagel, J. (2015, March 1). Ethics, reputation, and compliance gain as corporate priorities. Journal of Accountancy. Retrieved from http://www.journalofaccountancy.com/issues/2015/mar/business-ethics-and-compliance.html .
Kadivar, M., Manookian, A., Asghari, F., Niknafs, N., Okazi, A., & Zarvani, A. (2017). Ethical and legal aspects of patient’s safety: a clinical case report. Journal of medical ethics and history of medicine, 10, 15..
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