I'm taking an online course from my employer right now. They call it "Global Business Practices", but it's ethics. The reason for the corporate push is obvious. There have been numerous ethical breaches at this company in the past year, including three major ones here at my facility. We're talking about the kind of thing where people embezle funds or lie about performance figures in order to inflate their sizable bonus checks. So it's not surprising that the corporate leaders want to do something about it. My question is: "Do they really think that this 45 minute interactive online training session with a 10 question quiz at the end is really going to change the behavior of someone willing to steal thousands of dollars from their employer?"
This thing is a joke. It talks about pride in the corporate brand, and trust between our company and our customers. It talks about "the mirror test" where you are asked to look at yourself in the mirror and decide if what you are doing is right or not. Hmmmm, I'm thinking that the mid to high level management who have been fired in the last 9 months were very well aware that they were doing something wrong. This "effort" to prevent further incidents of ethical misconduct is like pissing on a forest fire. Of course they are doing other things, such as surprise audits and audits of the existing audits and auditors, etc. Those things, the concrete actions to catch and prevent the misconduct, are great. This little ethics class is just a waste of time and money. The cost of having someone prepare the class was a waste, and the cost of having every employee take an hour out of their day to complete it is an even bigger waste.
It's like gun control laws. When you try to get handguns off the streets by requiring extra permits to own them, who are you taking guns away from? How many gang members do you think go out and get a permit for the guns they carry? At best, I think this ethics class is going to make people who are breaking the rules more careful about how they do it.
Edit: THIS IS JUST TOO RICH!
After I posted this article I took a quick look to make sure it posted correctly. LiveJournal inserts a banner ad at the top of free accounts like mine. It must use some kind of advertising bot that reads my posts and picks out keywords because the ads are always related to my posts in some way. Last week I posted about lottery winning and today I mention my employer and ethics. The ad bot combined those ideas and produced this little gem of an ad on the banner:
That's just too sweet and the one next to it read:
Wow, I think I'll buy the winning Powerball numbers for this weekend on eBay, or maybe I should wait until the jackpot is bigger? I wonder how much the starting bid is for the winning numbers? lolz. I always knew the lottery was rigged. Now I have PROOOF! ....now where did I leave my tin foil hat?