Ethics reporting is too expensive, and other lies we tell ourselves
November 30, 2017
We tell ourselves little white lies all the time...
Hitting the snooze button three times on a workday won't set me back that much.
Happy hour is not going to stand in the way of making it to that 6 a.m. workout class tomorrow.
Veggie chips count as a vegetable, right?
We see the same when talking to companies about ethics reporting programs.
Perhaps because some may still have confusion about how an ethics reporting program can benefit them.
Here's a few myths we hear:
An ethics reporting system is too expensive. On the contrary. Our program and services will not break the bank. We customize programs to suit needs and budgets. Also, the fraud that may be happening in your business you know nothing about will cost you way more in the long run. It's estimated that fraud goes undetected for about 18 months before anyone clues in it's happened. Imagine if a company knew about it earlier?
My organization is too small. Unless your organization is made up of cats and dogs, you have people. And people [may] commit unethical misdeeds. Having a program in place that is customized to smaller companies gives them piece of mind that any wrongdoing can be caught before it becomes a nightmare.
Implementing something like this can open up a can of worms. The concern is that everyone will be complaining about everything. The first thing to do to combat this is to ensure that your HR department, or somebody wearing that hat, communicates to employees that they can come forward with HR related issues freely and without retaliation. Then, communicate that the ethics reporting program is there for employees to report on more serious concerns. We provide education and materials to help companies communicate to employees on how to use the program and when to report.
Ethics reporting is not a priority for us. A valid argument, as there can be other more serious issues needing dealt with to ensure the company operates. But to play devil's advocate, health, reputation and financial protection should always be a priority for an organization. Otherwise an organization is definitely not running at full throttle.
Those are just a few of the little white lies we hear.