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Sometimes we need to discuss 'hard' issues - like setting the record straight. Communicating in these situations is critical to get consensus. This vignette demonstrates the approach to confronting others using good communication - to resolve issues.
This vignette discusses the inadvertent compromising of confidential information (impending lay-offs, new product development, etc.).
This vignette looks at the scenario of budgets. With tight budgets, what do you do if you are under budget for the year? Spend the surplus? Get creative with spending?
This vignette shows possible age discrimination even when both employees involved are 40 years of age or older.
This vignette discusses using inaccurate information - even though it's wrong to do so. Sometimes there is information that should not be kept confidential.
Two employees are subjected to seeing sexually suggestive images on a co-worker's computer - which could lead to a claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment.
In this vignette, it’s obvious that denying the woman employment in this situation is not fair, but does it fit within a protected class? Actually, it does. This would be discrimination based on disability.
Privy to some insider information, an employee decides to change her 401K allocation.
This vignette shows two employees using a derogatory term toward each other.
As leaders in our organization, we all get frustrated sometimes, but we need to be positive and professional in our interactions with our customers. Taking out our frustrations on a customer could cause them to seek services from a competitor instead. We need to make sure we are offering them the best experience. Without our customers, we wouldn’t have a business.
When an employee refuses to take responsibility for their performance problems, there are a couple of things you need to make sure you do. A quarterly or annual review shouldn't be the first time the employee is hearing about the problem or problems. The best way to correct a problem is to deal with it immediately, and document your actions. Then, make sure you keep your focus on the employee's behavior and don't get sucked into an emotional discussion about attitudes.
Digitally Remastered! As a manager, are you concentrating on the negative aspects of your employees performances? After watching this video, you’ll discover that even difficult employees perform better with frequent positive feedback and occasional constructive criticism. Skeptical workers with “who cares" attitudes can be motivated!
A quick look into accepting and giving gifts. In this scenario, a business associate/vendor offers tickets to an event as a "thank you."
A colorful and discussion-generating reminder card that provides a simple model (L.E.A.D.) for understanding the importance of workplace ethics as well as providing questions to address integrity moments in the workplace. These cards can be printed and distributed for a quick reminder or conversation starter.
Conflicts between our obligations to friends and the organization can make decisions difficult; in those situations, we must let the law and the organization’s policy be our guide. Confidential information must always remain confidential. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on handling confidential information.
We must be careful not to participate in any activities where our personal interests or actions might interfere or compete with our obligation to the organization. Even the appearance of a conflict of interest can create problems for ourselves and our organizations. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on dealing with conflicts of interest.
Sensitive information left out on a desk can easily be taken by thieving hands and seen by prying eyes. All sensitive and confidential information should be securely stored – especially things like system passwords. The bottom line is simple. You need to know and follow the organization’s secure/sensitive information policies and procedures – especially when it comes to passwords. Cybersecurity policies are not to be taken lightly.
Time theft hurts the company. A recent study estimates that it costs U.S. employers more than $400 billion per year in lost productivity. Five to ten minutes here and there add up to big losses over time. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on our work responsibilities. Remember, it doesn't matter if 'everybody's doing it’... simply put, it breaks trust.
To summarize, business documents (including paper files, reports emails and electronic files) need to be retained in accordance with the law and organization requirements/policies. And, if documents are destroyed improperly, it can result in serious problems for the organization and the individual. So, the bottom line is, we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on document retention and destruction.
In most organizations, managers and supervisors have an obligation to help employees resolve business practice or compliance concerns. Remember, all reports of violations must be taken seriously, and appropriate action taken in a timely manner. Again, no matter what our role in the organization—we all have a responsibility to know and follow the organization’s policy on handling reports of violations.