Listening, to Build an Ethics-First Employee Culture

business_ethics_highlights_2The focus of the piece below is on how leaders can (and must) listen to their employees as part of staying on top of, and guiding, corporate culture. Leaders may have responsibility for guiding culture, but they’ll ultimately fail if they’re not listening to what their people currently situated within that culture area saying.

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LINK: Building An Ethics-First Employee Culture Is Crucial For All Leaders (by Patrick Quinlan, Co-Founder and CEO of Convercent, writing for Forbes)

…These issues — harassment, bias, sexism — are nothing new in the tech sector but, now more than ever before, employees are taking matters into their own hands to make sure ethical business practices and values are upheld, even when leadership fails to do so.

In the last few years, we have seen the entire employer-employee paradigm shift, from offices embracing open floor plans to leaders encouraging team bonding activities. Underlying this massive business transformation is a stronger emphasis on the people who make up organizations, their values and their opinions. What we’ve borne witness to is the rise of empowered employees.

For leaders, shifting gears to focus on people first may feel scary. No one wants their employees to point out something is wrong at the company…

What do you think?


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