A code of ethics and professional conduct consists of four key sections detailed below. You can cover all of them in a short summary Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct as we have above, or expand on them in detail so employees are clear on how to handle many common situations.
Employees should act with integrity, comply with laws, maintain a professional work environment and comply with company policies. They should treat customers, colleagues, and partners ethically at all times.
A company’s reputation depends on the actions and integrity of its employees. It is essential that they avoid relationships and activities that hurt, or appears to hurt, their ability to make objective and fair decisions.
Employees should always act to protect company assets, including physical, intellectual, and electronic or digital properties.
A company’s integrity is essential for maintaining trustworthiness and reputation. Employees should always do their work fairly, honestly, and legally.
Employees are expected to be regular and punctual in attendance. This means being in the office, ready to work, at starting time each day. Absenteeism and tardiness burden other employees and the company.
Employees who are unable to work due to illness or an accident should notify their supervisor. This allows the company to arrange for coverage of their duties and helps others continue to work in their absence. If an employee does a report for work and the company is not notified of an employee’s status for 3 days, it is typically considered a [job abandonment].
This company is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and unlawful harassment. Actions, words, jokes, or comments based on an individual’s sex, race, ethnicity, age, religion, or any other legally protected characteristic are not tolerated.
Personal [cell phone usage] during work hours is discouraged, except in extreme cases such as an emergency.
A professional appearance is important when employees work with customers or potential customers. Employees should be well-groomed and [dressed appropriately] for the business and for their position.
The manufacture, distribution, possession, sale, or purchase of controlled substances of abuse on company property is prohibited. Being under the influence of illegal drugs, alcohol, or substances of abuse on company property is prohibited. Working while under the influence of prescription drugs that impair performance is prohibited.
The use of tobacco products on company property, outside of permitted areas, is specifically prohibited.
Employees may use the Internet when appropriate to access information needed to conduct a business company business. Use of the Internet must not disrupt or injure the company computer network. Use of the Internet must not interfere with an employee’s productivity.