|Code of Conduct Information at socl|
A wonderful unemployed lady tearfully shares her work experience after investing over 30 years into a company as a dedicated employee. She spent over 30 years dedicated with many hours and days of blood, sweat, and tears into an organization looking forward to retiring only to be surprised one morning that she was being let go. What does she do now that the organization she cared about decided they no longer require her services? That experience that many in the unemployment lines—figuratively speaking—have similar experiences to share. When a person invests that much time into an organization, becoming unemployed from an employer that you thought you were valued in is like losing your religion or going through a divorce. The negative self-talk dominates thoughts as she wonders, “What do I do now? Where do I go from here?”
Another unemployed person shares that their skills were out dated as the organization expected deadlines to be met without navigating or investing in additional training time and money to train their personnel with application changes. Is it surprising that many experienced workers believe that because they have worked with Microsoft Office products their entire career but really do not know how to use the products properly in order to use or maximize the current existing features that have been added? What is a person to do when they are let go because they are not aware how important proper use of spreadsheets, document creation, and new information sharing tools are in today’s industry?
Whose shoulders do these business needs and necessary skill sets fall in order to meet current industry demands for business continuity? It is a combination of both and it all begins with the organization mission, the values that organization holds and the sense of ownership the organization may have in social responsibility. Most of those points will be stressed and impressed to new personnel in the Code of Business Conduct/Ethics. The Code of Ethics, when top tier management has put serious thought into their expected rules of engagement from their employees, management, vendors, and contractors will be addressed and adhered to in the Code of Ethics. An organization that cares about their end product and the role the company plays in the community will be reflected in the size and content of the Code.