Through professional trainings and education, we aim to strengthen the core values espoused by many corporations and institutions and radically change current ethics programs.
We bring together scientific research, clips from (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies, and industry-specific content to create one-of-a-kind ethics presentations and series that encourage employees to not only view honesty and integrity in a new light, but to actively contribute to changing the systems in which they work.
We are in a trust drought.
Over the last 40 years, Americans have become significantly less trusting of each other and less confident in large institutions such as the news, government, and business. In 2018, the United States saw a 37-point drop in trust across all institutions, according to Edelman’s Trust Barometer, the largest recorded among the markets surveyed. With each passing scandal or corporate crisis, trust falls further.
It is rarely just one bad actor intentionally causing harm.
A multitude of factors can lead to dishonest behavior, and the environment and its pressures play a large role in helping us to rationalize and even ignore our misbehavior(s) and those of our colleagues. Whether it’s the feeling that “everyone is doing it,” self-deception, social norms, or conflicts of interest, these factors allow us to make the wrong decision and still feel good about ourselves.
We must be honest about the situation.
Through screenings and presentations, we use the film (Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies to catalyze critical conversations in the workplace, identify the factors that encourage us to misbehave, and figure out what we can do to change things.
Research shows, ethical behavior is not just about having a strong moral code, but finding ways to be consistently reminded of that code.
Major corporations across many industries administer ethics trainings on an annual basis. This type of training is typically mandated by Compliance and/or HR departments and tends to focus on workplace appropriateness and legal issues, failing to address the underlying issues and motivations that lead to poor behavior. It emphasizes company rules rather than company values or its individuals. Moreover, training happens only once a year, with too few built-in reminders.
Through STEP, we work with companies to institute monthly ethics modules that offer a means of repetition and reinforcement. STEP builds trust and stimulates a deeper exploration of values and character. We not only ask people to consider the factors that encourage dishonesty, but to also contribute to building mechanisms that achieve the opposite.
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- “I personally believe that every employee should be required to watch this series.”
- “thought provoking, relevant and timely.”
We adapt and create material to suit the environment. For example, with the Medical Professionalism Project we created a new approach to continuing medical education, offering CME and MOC credits to medical providers who take part in a monthly course on professionalism.The 12-episode project explores topics related to medical professionalism, medical ethics, and integrity, and delves deep into the social science of our decision-making habits.
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