I’ve been thinking about organizational culture for a few weeks now. Initially prompted by the latest edition of the Harvard Business Review and the discussion on collaboration, I was reminded about the impact of organizational culture again this week by a news report regarding an alleged culture of cheating in the Atlanta Public School system (APS).
Ethical lapses don’t have to happen. To help keep the discussion of ethics alive in your organization, here are some quick questions to use at your next staff meeting to start a meaningful conversation.
“Each scholarship recipient selected by the University may be given an opportunity to intern at XYZ Corp, depending on mutual need and consent.”
Having worked in higher education my entire career I appreciated the way in which this statement was worded. It indicated to students that the company would like to consider scholarship recipients for an internship, but the company understood that the scholarship award was not contingent on the students’ acceptance of an internship and the University was ultimately responsible for selecting the recipient.