The Office of Ethics and Compliance ensures that every employee has undergone mandatory training for ethics. These classes are tailored to their job roles and work groups. For example, classes held for administrators will not be the same ones that are conducted for police. This customization is done in order for our employees to face relevant, realistic scenarios so that they will better equipped to deal with ethical dilemmas they may face in in their work environment.
The trainings are held biannually and during New Employee Orientation. Additionally, trainings can be requested throughout the year focusing on specific issues.
Communications are sent out to City employees regularly on various topics. Ethics @ Work is one of the methods of communications that is distributed from the Office of Ethics & Compliance. Ethics @ Work highlights various topics relating to the Code of Ethics. This allows for open communication between the Office of Ethics & Compliance and employees on relevant issues.
For January, the topic relates to Respect in the Workplace.
Ethics @ Work is a communication from the Office of Ethics & Compliance that will highlight topics relating to Ethics and ways we can all work together to create an ethical and Service First culture.
RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE
Did you know the word respect is mentioned 18 times in the Code of Ethics? Respect in the workplace is an important element of maintaining an ethical culture and it helps reinforce our Service First attitude. We need to ensure we are treating each other and our citizens with the utmost respect because showing respect for others is easy and goes a long way.
Here are a few tips to follow to demonstrate respect every day.
- Treat people how you'd like to be treated: with kindness, courtey and politeness.
- Encourage coworkers and staff to share their valuable ideas.
- Actively listen to others. Never interrupt or tell them your opinion before they're finished.
- Be aware of your tone, body language, expression and demeanor during all interactions.
- Treat people the same no matter their race, religion, age, etc. Everyone you interact with should be treated equally.
- Always praise more than you criticize.
Respect in the workplace can improve collaboration, reduce stress, increase job satisfaction and employee engagement. This quote says it best, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." -Maya Angelou
For questions or further information, please contact the City's Ethics Officer, Michelle Ranum, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.