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OD Leads the Way for Ethical Businesses
- July 15, 2021
- Posted by: Dr. Cindy Banyai
- Category: Thoughts
OD professionals serve important roles in their company and for their clients. They drive change and support the human side of growth and development. Importantly, OD professionals must adhere to a code of ethics. The Institute of Organization Development (IOD) has identified 5 areas of ethical behavior for OD professional.
- Responsibility to self
- Responsibility to self development and competence
- Responsibility to clients and significant others
- Responsibility to the profession
- Social responsibility
IOD certified professionals develop these ethical areas. These OD professionals competently lead change management initiatives through these ethical behaviors. Forbes recently discussed the connection between ethics and a company’s loyalty, reputation, and employee happiness. While it is important everyone in an organization act ethically, many of the areas highlighted by Forbes are places where OD professionals can truly shine a light through their practice.
Here are some places where OD professionals can lead ethically:
- Transparency – promoting solid communication and ensuring there are no hidden and potentially unethical areas
- Demonstrating ethical behavior – setting boundaries and ground rules and following through with them
- Ground change in company values – work to align initiatives not only to strategy, but to the values internally and externally of the organization
- Incorporate diverse, equitable and inclusive concepts – have the right stakeholders involved in OD projects and make sure their voices are heard
- Hold senior leaders to ethical practices – ground all participants in a change initiative, including senior leaders, in ethical behavior
- Facilitate effective communication – breakdowns in communication can lead to ethical issues and stunt inclusiveness. OD professional are the stewards of effective communication in change management.
- Hold People Accountable Across The Board – accountability is related to ethics and effectiveness. OD professional drive both.