Business Standards Ethics For The HR Professional

Webinar: ID# 1022823
Recorded CD
About This Course:
Paying attention to business ethics is critical to organizational health. Legal considerations, company reputation and employee loyalty are factors associated with business ethics. Further, there are higher order issues about how organizations treat and develop their human resources.

Ethics often gain the attention of organizational leaders after an ethical misstep has occurred. Responding to ethical issues after the fact can damage reputation, organizational trust, employee careers, and the company may never recover.

This webinar addresses ethical challenges in human resources management. Ethics will be defined and specific HR ethical areas will be introduced and discussed. An ethics program model will be highlighted along with the expected outcomes from implementing a comprehensive program. Short case scenarios will engage participants and illustrate the ethical dilemmas common to human resource management.


  • My Ethics Journey With a Municipal Government
  • Polling Questions to Understand the Participants
  • Why Ethics Matter
Ethical Challenges in HR - Why Ethics Should Be on Your HR Priority List
  • Definition of Ethics
  • HR Ethical Arenas – Hiring, Compensation and Benefits, Performance Management, EEO and Discrimination, Privacy and Confidentiality, Safety and Risk Management, Restructuring and Layoffs, Policies and Implementation
  • Why Employees Behave Unethically
Conceptual Framework for an Ethical Organization
  • Comprehensive Ethics Program Components – Code of Ethics, Ethics Resources, Ethics Training, Ethics Reporting
  • Strong Ethical Environments – Ethical Culture
  • Expected Outcomes in Terms of Ethical Misconduct
Case Scenarios and Best Practices
  • 1-3 Short Vignettes With Polling Questions About Ethical Situations
  • Best Practices in Organizations With Ethics as a Priority
  • Closing
About The Presenter

Betsy Webb, Ed.D, SPHR
  • Professional development & training manager, Human Resources at Montana State University
  • Practice emphasis on learning and organizational development; provides ethics training in higher education and municipal government; has taught "Ethics in Public Service" class as adjunct faculty for the Masters in Public Administration program at MSU in 2013 and 2015
  • Doctoral Dissertation 2014, “What is good and what is right? An investigation of the outcomes of a comprehensive ethics program in municipal government”
  • Conducts training seminars in management, conflict resolution, leading change, and performance coaching at MSU; has presented at two CUPA-HR national conferences
  • Provides training as an independent consultant for Action Learning Associates and the United States Institute of Peace
  • Wrote Taking the High Road, an article published in CUPA-HR’s Workforce Magazine, January 2014; interviewed for NACUBO HR Horizons, summer 2014 Spotlight, Do What I Say and Do
  • Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • Ed.D. degree, Montana State University; M.S.W. degree, University of Denver; B.S. degree, Dickinson College
Business Standards Ethics For The HR Professional
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