Thought you knew everything about Work Ethics? Think again! Recent years have seen an innovative change in this HR area – and those changes might be affecting you. We put together this article to guide you through some of these new theories and try and pinpoint what they might mean for you!
15 New Theories in Work Ethics
Last year saw some huge trends in ethical sustainability which we hope will carry on into the future. What other big changes in the way the workplace treats its employees can we expect to see?
15 – Anti-Discrimination Policies Need to Change
If 2019 proved anything it was that our anti-discrimination policies can’t please everyone. There are the ‘Boomers’ complaining that a fish is a fish regardless of whether it believes itself a fish or not: then there are the Millennials, who reserve the right to identify as a toothbrush if it makes them happy.
14 – So Corporate Behavioural Guidelines Will Change to Match
If they don’t then your employer is missing a trick. To avoid lawsuits, the current climate makes being prepared for every scenario a necessity. Besides anything else, it is good practise to review company behavioural policies every few months to make sure you stay on top of changing legislation.
13 – Hotlines are on the Rise
As a way of protecting themselves against upcoming scandals, more and more businesses are using hotlines. These allow employees to anonymously report any bullying or discrimination they see in the workplace.
12 – Paternity Leave will get Longer
We think it’s only right that, having carried the baby for 9 months, the woman should get a break when it is born. We can only foresee the future as more inclusive of this, giving men time off to take over the responsibilities at home a little more.
11 – Bullies are under Crackdown
The economy has finally realised that bullies are bad for business. They lead to higher staff turnover, which costs more money long term. Get to the bottom of the workplace bully and you will save yourself a small fortune in staffing costs.
10 – There is Less Tolerance to Intolerance
The current workplace sees less tolerance of bullies, those who manipulate, and even those who coast through the job. From retail to construction, people who are racist, sexist, and any other kind of ‘-ist’ are being taken out of positions of power.
9 – Discrimination Impacts Productivity
When you have someone toxic in the workplace – especially in any kind of position of power – you then have a world of lost ideas at your feet. The bully is dismissive of any idea that out-shines them or their position.
8 – Workplace Bullying is Common
You have no idea how common workplace bullying is. A study conducted by Small Business Careers found that half of all Americans have experienced bullying in their workplace. This is a statistic that needs to change.
7 – Harassment Hurts Mental Health
When you are being harassed or bullied in the workplace it can lead to you needing help with your mental health.
6 – You Don’t Need to Accept Bad Treatment
If you have been the victim of a bully in the workplace you don’t need to accept it. Everyone has the right to a fair, safe working environment. If you feel you need representation then Everett Worker’s Compensation Attorney may be able to help.
5 – Systems are Vital
Corporations are realising that systems for reporting bad treatment are vital in the modern workplace. To maintain a more ethical practice, policies need to evolve to incorporate reporting systems.
4 – Nobody Needs to get Fired
When an employee is reported for poor behaviour towards other members of staff – nobody needs to get sacked! The employee can be rehabilitated through the correct training programs.
3 – It is the Work’s Responsibility
It is the responsibility of the organisation to provide a safe working environment. It is not up to the employee. If they are subjected to poor treatment by other employees, then the fault lies with the firm – and the firm can be sued.
2 – New Legislation is being Brought in
In certain states, anti-bullying legislation is being brought in to address harassment. It is aimed at serious disputes only.
1 – You Will get Caught
If you are a workplace bully, then you can rest assured that you will be caught. The net is tightening, and the world is changing. If your attitudes are stuck in the days of World War II then it just might be time to make a change…