We hear the word ‘ethical’ as well as ‘conscious’ a million times every week, or at least it seems that way. As the world shifts to become better, as it quite rightly should, we often hear people leading the charge regarding campaigns that help clean up the society. Recycling, giving to charity, and being better with our social conduct are all avenues that are explored here, and quite rightly. The world would simply be a better place if everyone cared about their impact on the people and surroundings they live around and within.
As someone who leads a business, you may find yourself the target of one of these campaigns. Businesses are often called upon to become better as they are often the systems that have the most impact on the society around them, from both a societal and environmental perspective. But, even the most shrewd business leader can find it difficult to know what being an ‘ethical’ boss even entails.
Well, as the title of this article suggests, we are hopefully here to help you with that. The demands of the free market are too pressing for you to have to worry about ambiguous advice regarding a topic that’s ethereal at best, so hopefully, this no-nonsense advice should help you become a better business leader first, and by extension a better person. Sleeping at night as a business leader is something that’s so important, and so worrying about your conscience during these periods is best resolved when you have nothing to feel guilty around.
Health & Safety
Not every business is the same. One will be entirely situated in an office, with its employees working online all day and night. Another might be an intense and demanding physical job, one where the risk of injury is high, and the staff turnover is rapid (although hopefully these are not linked.) For this reason, it’s important you and your staff know, to the letter, the intricacies of your health and safety policy. If you’re just getting started and you’re not sure where to begin in this process of crafting a sound and legal policy, read this essential health and safety procedure guide for employers to gain some insight in this matter.
Your employees should not only feel protected through insurance and financial perspectives if they experience something untoward or dangerous at work, but they should also feel that situation is being prevented in every way possible. Because the world of business is often too concerned with financial shielding, simply making sure that people are coming to work happy and protected can seem like a second consideration. It should be the very first, one which is understood perfectly by all co-workers. This guide can help you with that. This should be the very first priority you hold.
You should never feel like the parent of your employers, but in some instances you kind of are. It’s important for you to set up systems in your HR department that help squash and resolve any form of interpersonal dispute, conflict or bullying in your workplace. Keep a no-nonsense policy, one which allows those to come and explain themselves, and if someone is plainly in the wrong with no room for doubt, that person is punished correctly, protecting those who have been victimized.
Worry about the correct resolution of the situation as a first and foremost priority, and not simply something which will help the firm look good from a PR standpoint. Too many businesses are willing to clean their hands of the situation if something becomes too difficult, but in order to protect the social value and loyalty shown by your skilled employees, it’s important to whether their complaints seriously, and try to come to some sort of good understanding. If more businesses did this, people would feel more comfortable and protected in their position. This would also foster good, incorrigible behaviour. Sometimes, that’s all an ethical boss needs t o do.
It’s important to understand your impact on the community around you. Do you give back, or do you simply take? Consider investing in local businesses through your firm, setting up B2B connections or simply hiring them for catering runs. Make sure your manufacturing process adheres to excellent levels of cleanliness, waste management and employee impact. Develop systems which allow complaints and feedback to be properly received and considered, so issues you cause can be fed to you immediately. Do everything in your power to reduce your carbon emissions, and waste amounts.
Put simply, to be an ethical boss you have to care. This, funnily enough, should also help the success of your business, and contribute to the positive overall story of the people who help you make your vision a reality.
With these tips, acting as a great ethical boss is just around the corner.