Large, small, or somewhere in between does your business have a code of conduct in place? From a small business point of view it may superfluous to even bother with having one in place. You and your employees are likely working flat out to be visible and sell your product or service. As a business of any size a code of conduct provides blueprint for the growth and longevity of the enterprise. This applies to family owned businesses as well. Here is why:
- Having a code of conduct in place articulates the ethics that as a business owner you expect of people in your employment.
- It provides a blue print for addressing conflict.
- Involving employees in the creation of the code allows for buy in and cooperation within the business.
- It sets out the parameters for clear decision making by the employees.
Working with businesses that have a code of conduct in place provides for a positive work environment and a general attitude of cooperative cooperation. The investment of time on the front end to develop one saves countless hours and disputes over time.
Business Change & Transition Specialist, Marie-Helene Sakowski at email@example.com