ETHICS ETHICS ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING WHATEVER THE TROUBLE OR THE COST. Everyone has standards that guide their conduct. The standards can be applied to your personal and business life. Such moral Standards are called ethics. A company’s guidelines and rules encourage ethical conduct of their employees. This conduct allows everyone to relate effectively to others in the workplace. Ethical Questions: Is it ethical for a supplier to substitute an inferior quality product for a portion of an order without informing the buyer? Is it ethical for a guidance counsellor to talk about what was said during an interview with a student? CONFIDENTIALITY Respecting confidentiality or privacy of information is an important ethical issue for employers and employees. Employers should respect employee’s right to privacy and not discuss employee’s personal information with others. Employees should respect the company’s rights to privacy and not discuss customers, suppliers or company plans to others. If this information was known by a competing company, then serious harm could happen. Any personal information that you know about co-workers should not be discussed with anyone. Everyone will respect and trust you if you are known as a person who maintains confidentiality. When you signed the Participation Contract you agreed to respect and abide by the confidentiality requirements of your Coop placement. What is Harassment? Harassment is behaviour that is unwelcome, one-sided, and makes the receiver feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, offended, coerced, or intimidated. It may be derogatory comments, condescension, or patronizing behaviour that underlines self-confidence. It may be unwelcome invitations or requests. At its worst, harassment may be threats, intimidation or assault. For the most part, harassment is characterized by its repetitive nature. However, it need to occur only once by a person in authority able to affect your career. Conduct becomes “harassment” when the person knows or ought to know that his/her action is unwelcome. Harassment is NOT… …chit-chat or good natured jesting when both parties find the conduct acceptable … An occasional compliment or remark …office flirtation when it is a voluntary relationship … Normal exercise of supervisory responsibility including training, counselling, discipline when warranted HARASSMENT IS NO JOKE! It may cause humiliation, intimidation, anger or frustration to the person receiving the harassment It may cause a loss of self-esteem and self-confidence Health may suffer and job performance may be altered It may threaten the victim’s working conditions and career opportunities It may create an unhealthy working environment HARASSMENT IS AGAINST THE LAW There are many types of harassment. Here are a few examples: Racial/Ethnic/Religious harassment can be: Unwelcome remarks, jokes, taunts or insults about your colour, ancestry, religious beliefs or your racial/ethnic or cultural background Displaying racist or other insulting graffiti, pictures, or material Displaying racist or other insulting gestures which cause embarrassment SEXUAL HARASSMENT CAN BE: Unnecessary physical contact Unwelcome remarks, jokes, leering or other gestures of a sexual nature or other sexually aggressive remarks Displaying or distributing pornographic or other material WHAT DO I DO IF I’M HARASSED? 1. DON’T FEEL GUILTY Some people who are being harassed are told they “lack a sense of humour” or are “inviting” such conduct. Harassment is not funny. It is not harmless. It is not justified. It is the harasser who is wrong, not the victim. 2. TAKE ACTION! If you feel you are being harassed, speak up! Your lack of action may be interpreted as acceptance and the harasser may continue. 3. SPEAK TO THE HARASSER State clearly that the action is offensive, unwelcome and unacceptable to you. Many incidents can be handled in this manner. POLICY: In adherence with the Ontario Human Rights Code, It is the policy of this board that every employee, volunteer and student has a right to freedom from harassment in the workplace and school system because of sex, sexual orientation, race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethic origin, citizenship, creed, age, record of offenses, marital status, family status, employment status, or disability.