HR Competencies 

  • Ethical Practice
  • Relationship Management
  • HR Expertise 

This class is designed to make managers, employees, and HR aware of four things: what business ethics are, why we should care about ethics in business, what makes an ethics program successful, and the important components of a code of business ethics. This class serves as the foundation for developing an ethics-awareness program and identifies the role of the organization and personal integrity of individuals in ethical decision making.

Participants will assess their own organization in terms of ethical strengths and potential vulnerabilities to ethical breaches. A decision-making model will be introduced and applied to case studies by class participants. 


  • Defining business ethics
  • Why we should care about being ethical
  • Daily ethical issues and leading causes of unethical behavior
  • Drivers of an ethics program
  • Introduce and apply decision-making model to ethical dilemma scenarios
  • Ethics game—competition or collaboration?
  • Analyzing company-specific ethical scenarios 

Who Should Attend

Managers, supervisors, and human resources professionals who are responsible for creating and/or maintaining ethics programs in their organization

On-site Option

This class is offered as a two-hour on-site program. It is an interactive and energizing program that utilizes a group game to simulate the paradox of competition and collaboration when making ethical choices. The lessons from the game form a foundation for a review of topical ethical issues and a group discussion on several ethical situations. The program also addresses why being ethical is so challenging, how culture affects ethics, and why appealing to both an employee’s heart and head are important elements of any successful ethics program. Customized member-specific ethical scenarios and a customized leave-behind pamphlet are included as a way to reinforce the message with all participants.


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0.35 Continuing Education Units
3.25 HRCI-Business
Course ID #HR139

Class Details

There are no scheduled instances of this class for the remainder of the year. Check out our new course catalog this fall, or click below to explore onsite options.

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