Russ Willis

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eAdvising clients on Ethics and Workplace Compliance

The business world, and life in general, are interwoven with ethical and cultural rules and federal, state, and local regulations that make up the field of Human Resources Compliance.  The following courses are available to help businesses and individuals navigate these regulations.

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1.  Introduction to Workplace Ethics

Ethics don't just apply to senior executives. While upper management does have a responsibility to set the ethical tone for an organization, employees at every level also have a responsibility to conduct themselves in an ethical manner. This course will prepare your clients and their employees to approach their job with an awareness of the importance of ethics in the work setting and an understanding of what constitutes ethical behavior. You will learn the thinking behind ethical behavior and be able to recognize some of the common myths about business ethics.


  • recognize the factors that influence ethical dilemmas
  • define workplace ethics
  • identify personal benefits of acting ethically
  • recognize the importance of ethical conduct at the corporate level
  • recognize common myths about business ethics
  • recognize employee beliefs that foster ethical workplace behavior
  • match ethical approaches to their corresponding definitions

2.  Workplace Ethics

The recent economic downturn has heightened the public's scrutiny of corporations and contributed to the perception that some firms have lost their commitment to operating with integrity. This course considers the concept of ethics and its role in today's corporate culture. It looks at the impact of business ethics on both the individual employee and the organization as a whole, and explores how the use of an ethical framework can promote ethically-driven behavior. 


The Importance of Ethics in Business Today

  • recognize the benefits a code of ethics brings to a business
  • identify examples of organizational factors that contribute to unethical behavior
  • identify situations that reflect the types of pressures individuals face related to ethical decision-making

3.  Developing Your Business Ethics

It's not always easy to decide between right and wrong at work. Understanding ethics can help you to discern the right thing to do in difficult situations. In this course, you'll learn some basic myths about business ethics, and consider some ethical approaches you could follow at work. You'll also learn about the ethical values that a code of ethical conduct is based on, and learn how to develop a personal code of conduct. You'll explore some obstacles of ethical conduct, and learn strategies for overcoming them. And finally, you'll learn how to make ethically defensible decisions.


Understanding Business Ethics

  • recognize common myths about business ethics
  • define ethical approaches
  • recognize the values associated with the code of conduct standards of fairness and respect
  • recognize the values associated with the code of conduct standards of responsibility and honesty
  • recognize the steps for developing a personal code of conduct
  • identify appropriate strategies for removing obstacles to ethical behavior
  • sequence the steps for making an ethically defensible decision