Leadership Tip

How to keep your employees honest

Since we were incorporated in 2004, TEN has conducted extensive research into the most important leadership characteristics people expect from their leaders. To date, more than 250,000 people have taken part in the research and 'honesty' has never been off the top spot. Whilst you can't anticipate every conflict of interest employees might encounter. But, you can increase the likeliness that employees act in the company's best interest if you provide clear guidelines. Try using the following tools:

  • Mission. A well-crafted mission statement serves as a "true north" for all employees to follow. Make sure all employees understand it.
     
  • Values. What values should guide your employee's behavior toward customers, suppliers, fellow employees, communities, and shareholders. Being clear about this can help employees avoid putting the company's reputation at risk.
     
  • Culture. A strong corporate culture clarifies what is not allowed. Emphasize the codes of conduct relating to conflicts of interest, confidential information, bribery, discrimination, and harassment.

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