Findings from the 2007 Deloitte & Touche USA Ethics & Workplace Survey confirm what most of us probably already know: that the behavior of management and direct supervisors ranks as the top factor influencing ethics in the workplace. According to the survey, employed adults (18+ years old, full- or part-time) rank the behavior of management (42%) and that of direct supervisors (36%) as the top two factors contributing to the promotion of an ethical workplace. Ethics training ranked much lower (16%) as a factor.
Yet another piece of research highlighting the critical role that managers play in establishing and modeling workplace culture and values. Or in other words, if an organization's managers aren't out there setting the example for the troops, don't fool yourself that an ethics training course (or paying for ethics) is going to make any real difference.