Workplace Ethics: Mastering Ethical Leadership and Sustaining a Moral Workplace

  • 1h 57m
  • Paul Falcone
  • HarperCollins Leadership
  • 2022

Quickly understand complex HR concepts surrounding the modern workplace to ensure you—and those you supervise—are practicing leadership principles that sustain an ethical workplace while protecting your company from liability.

This essential handbook, part of The Paul Falcone Resource Series, is both an operational field manual and guiding hand to walk you through some of the most critical people challenges you’ll face.

Chock full of leadership wisdom from Paul Falcone, one of the preeminent voices in the HR space for more than two decades, this book is the go-to reference for:

  • Managers in various disciplines who often face ethical challenges in the workplace and need quick pointers to help them navigate those situations.
  • HR leaders who are responsible for ensuring that managers have the tools they need to ethically manage their people and protect the company while doing so.
  • Small business owners who often struggle to meet HR demands and are in need of simple tools to guide them through of workplace ethics.

Whether you are a first-time manager and need an easy-to-understand resource that will teach you what you need to know in the moment, a senior leader looking to mentor your team members, or fall anywhere in between—this book will help you cement your reputation as a selfless and emotionally intelligent leader who sets high expectations and achieves exceptional results.

About the Author

Paul Falcone is CHRO of the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Woodland Hills, CA, and he's held senior-level HR positions with Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and City of Hope. He has extensive experience in entertainment, healthcare/biotech, and financial services, including in international, nonprofit, and union environments.

Paul is the author of a number of bestselling HarperCollins, AMACOM, and SHRM Books, many of which have been ranked as bestsellers in the categories of human resources management, labor & employment law, business mentoring & coaching, communication in management, and business decision-making and problem-solving. His books have been translated into Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indonesian, and Turkish.

Paul is also a long-term contributor to HR Magazine, a top-rated conference presenter, and an adjunct faculty member in UCLA Extension's School of Business and Management.

In this Book

  • Introduction
  • What is Workplace Ethics all about and Why This Book?
  • The Foundation—Legal versus Ethical Standards
  • Gaining an Understanding of the Ethical Challenges You May Face on a Practical Basis as a Business Professional
  • A Brief Overview of the Study of Ethics—A Starting Place
  • Ethics Programs Available in Today's Workplace—Not Nearly Enough to Solve all Your Problems—Unless You Make it Personal
  • Ethics and Culture—The Core Component of Your Human Capital Strategy
  • The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002—Where the Rubber Meets the Road
  • Your Key Sox Obligation—Disclose Potential Conflicts of Interest
  • Sox Obligations and Protections—Antidiscrimination and Disclosures of Personal Relationships
  • Sox Obligations and Protections—Company Property, Whistleblower Protection, Safety, Privacy, and Intellectual Property
  • Whistleblowers versus Character Assassins—Dealing with Anonymous and Mean-Spirited Complaints
  • Internal Workplace Investigations—Your First Line of Defense
  • Policies (The Letter of the Law), Codes of Conduct (The Spirit of the Law), and past Practices
  • He's Employed at Will—Can't we Just Fire Him?
  • The Absolute Rule of “Document, Document, Document” and its Significant Limitations
  • Properly Invoking the Attorney-Client Privilege in Your Email and Written Correspondence
  • Not all Harassment is Sexual
  • Performance versus Conduct—A Critical Employment Law Distinction
  • Sameness versus Consistency—A Potential Ethical Quagmire
  • Acting outside the Course and Scope of Your Employment—Derailing an Otherwise Brilliant Career Trajectory
  • Lessons from the HR Trenches and Wisdom for the Ages
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion—A Mission-Critical Business Imperative
  • Educating Entry-Level and Nonexempt Workers on Ethical Issues They May otherwise Miss
  • Ethics is Personal—A Sample Hollywood Script to Live by
  • There's So Much More to Ethics—You Won't Want to Miss This!
  • The Future of Workplace Ethics


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