Getting Ethics to Work in the Workplace
The Ethical Workplace Challenge (EWC) is essentially a change process that assists participants with an understanding of these principles and facilitates the changes needed to adopt and live out the desired thinking and behaviour.
Changing the mindsets of people that have been entrenched in unconscious habits represents one of the most enduring challenges of the workplace.
The more often you perform an action or behave a certain way, the more it gets physically wired into your brain. This amazing adaptive quality of your brain is known as neuroplasticity.
Applying interventions now based on an understanding of brain processes has presented many approaches that have proven most effective when dealing with habits.
The Challenge process is a carefully designed set of processes and interventions that provides an opportunity to challenge unconscious biases, values and beliefs and a “space” in which the individual is able to discover and develop ethical goals.
In essence, the process provides the opportunity for participants to become aware of choices they make that violate conventional codes of ethics and to then change the habits that underpin them.
The process draws on a wide range of techniques and practices :
- experiential sessions
- neuroscience training
- coaching – individual and group
- group exercises
- challenge exercise
- reflective practices (mindfulness)
- feedback sessions – individual and group
The process is designed to last for a period of approximately four months. Ideally it focuses on an intact team of participants (of not more than 15 people) who commit themselves to the ethics challenge and then become the advocates for and lead ethical thinking and behaviour for the wider organisation.
The EWC is implemented in a way that does not disrupt day-to-day operations. The retreats and off-site workshops are planned in advance with participants to minimise negative impacts on performance.
Active sponsorship from the leadership of the organisation serves to heighten commitment to the programme and its goals.