So a study released this month by The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and The Ethics Resource Center is especially interesting. The "Ethics Landscape in American Business" report surveyed some 3,000 SHRM members (all HR pros) to get their takes on such topics as organizational ethics, the role of HR in ethics, the ethical behavior of top management and the pressure to compromise ethical standards.
Among other things, the study found that:
- 23 percent of respondents said their companies did not offer a comprehensive ethics program
- 50 percent said they had no means of seeking ethics advice
- 57 percent said that ethics played no part in employee evaluations
- 19 percent said that they, as HR professionals, felt pressure to compromise their ethical standards, the pressure coming from all sides: top brass, supervisors and coworkers
- 83 percent said that the HR department was their organization's primary resource for ethics-related information
- 71 percent said HR was involved in creating their organization's ethics policy
So, where do you turn for ethics advice within in your company?