Professionals. I am really proud of
CODE OF ETHICS [1st draft]
Anguillian office professionals will adopt the Golden Rule as the basis of all our dealings with our supervisors, subordinates, colleagues, customers, clients, and the general public. We shall strive at all times in the work place to treat others as we would want to be treated. In pursuance of this goal, we adopt the following principles to guide our conduct:
We know that it is a fundamental aspect of good character that we be honest in all our dealings. We know that working on building our character will engender trust and bring lasting success with people. We will be honest and above-board with all persons we come into contact with.
We know that good manners is the foundation of respect in dealing with others. Respect gives us dignity and builds our confidence. We shall recognise the self-worth of our colleagues and customers. We shall show, and we will expect to receive, respect from all persons we deal with in the workplace.
We will demonstrate integrity in our relations with co-workers, customers, and management. We will keep our commitments. We will hold up our end of any bargain we make, even in the face of personal loss. We shall be consistent and honest in all our dealings. We shall not make rash, emotional decisions. We shall stick with the truth, even when we do not like it. We shall not take shortcuts, but will be willing to fight to do what is right. We shall not bow to others’ opinions, but will do what we know is right, even when it is unpopular. We shall not make promises we know we cannot keep. We will strive to show personal integrity in our work, at home, and in our dealings with friends and acquaintances.
We recognise that as office professionals we are expected to show a high level of confidentiality in respect of our office duties. It will be no benefit to ourselves, our co-workers or our customers, if we carry tales about them to those who have no business to hear about it. Any information that we learn in the course of our work will remain at work.
We make a commitment to ourselves, our colleagues and our employers that we will strive to excel at our occupation. We will focus in on the needs of our businesses and of its customers. We will go the extra mile for them where necessary. We will ensure that office resources are used effectively and efficiently. We will dress appropriately for the office at all times, and we will conduct ourselves with courtesy and respect.
Good communication ensures a minimum of problems with others. We will not be quick to find fault with others who do not conform to the patterns and standards that we hold. We will strive to assist with the smooth operation of the organisation we work for. We will work at improving our efficiency at the job. We will do what is proper to maintain the confidence of customers and clients in our employer’s business. We will do what we can to build teamwork and better relationships at work.
We all have our bad days. But, in general we recognise that to be good at our jobs and a credit to our organisation we need to strive to solve rather than to create problems. We shall work to help each other to improve our performance. We will show our colleagues that we value their contribution, and we will encourage each other as we go about our tasks. We will show care and concern for both our colleagues and our customers.
We recognise that to be true professionals we have to show trust in the good faith and honesty of our colleagues and customers. Trust is the foundation of all good relationships. We shall always assume the best of others, until we have good reason to behave otherwise. We shall focus on shared goals rather than on personal agendas. We will do the right thing at work, regardless of personal risk. We will listen to others with an open mind, demonstrate compassion where needed, and maintain confidence shown in us. In this way we will build the trust of our customers and colleagues in ourselves and the business for the benefit of all.
Nothing helps to keep a person honest like accountability. Accountability gives teeth to our pledge to live by high ethical standards. We accept that we must be responsible for our actions. We shall accept the consequences of our actions and not try to evade and avoid responsibility. We also know that in order to live up to the standards required of us as professionals we need to ask our colleagues to help to keep us honest and responsible. We will not be unduly upset when others point out our failings, but will strive to improve our performance.
We recognise that we must be transparent in all our dealings with our colleagues, management, and customers. To be otherwise will reduce the confidence that others have in us and in our employer’s business.
To be truly professional, we must be answerable for our own actions. We shall strive to develop personal discipline. We will try to know our weaknesses so that we do not allow others to exploit them. We shall be consistent in admitting to the consequences of our actions. We shall not strive to make excuses, but will act professionally at all times.
We recognise that we need to act fairly with all interests that come into contact with our work place. We shall avoid discrimination and prejudice at all times. In this way we shall build the confidence of our colleagues and our customers in the quality of our firm’s services and in the contribution that we make.
We recognise that we are not all identical in our backgrounds and characteristics. We know that our employer must serve the needs of all the public, and that we must do our share to show courtesy and professionalism to all types of persons with whom we come into contact in the course of our work.
14 Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, sexually motivated physical contact, and other verbal or physical conduct, or visual forms of harassment of a sexual nature, when submission to such conduct is either explicitly or implicitly made a term or condition of employment or is used as the basis for employment decisions, or when such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Lewd or vulgar remarks, suggestive comments, pressure for dates or sexual favours and unacceptable physical contact are examples of what can constitute harassment. We recognise that a harmonious and productive working relationship is essential in the work place. We shall do what we must to foster harmonious and productive working relationships that encourage mutual employee respect. We recognise that in a few cases there is a degree of sexual harassment in the workplace that has to be faced up to and overcome. We shall not ourselves engage in sexual harassment of our juniors, nor shall we accept it from our seniors.
[28 June 2007 Seminar - The Office Professional: The Need for Ethics and Integrity]
We all got certificates. Clicking on the photo will enlarge it.
What is extraordinary about this document is that it is the product of clerical officers, secretaries, and office administrators who are mainly young persons. Would it not be wonderful if we could get our legislators and executive in government to do a similar thing? Perhaps, members of the House of Assembly and of Executive Council are above ethics and integrity!