Workplace Integrity: Advancing Integrity in the Workplace

Build a culture of workplace integrity to strengthen corporate compliance

Board Presentation Guide: Corporate Culture

Driven by recent high-profile cultural failures, companies are under pressure to measure and improve corporate culture. 

Use this customizable template to lead an effective board discussion on company culture and workplace integrity:

  • Why integrity matters
  • Primary drivers of a strong culture of integrity
  • Your company culture and metrics
  • Employee cultural survey results
  • Next steps for risk mitigation and management

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    Workplace non-compliance threatens the business

    Workplace misconduct is too costly to ignore — that much is known. But without clear links to business outcomes, keeping workplace ethics initiatives front and center is hard. In fact, less than a third of compliance executives feel confident in their ability to improve their organization’s integrity. And with 59% of observed workplace misconduct going unreported, it’s time to focus on corporate compliance. 

    Workplace Integrity: underreported misconduct report
    Corporate Integrity: impact of a cultural of integrity

    Advance workplace integrity and compliance

    Our research indicates that the most effective way to foster a culture of integrity is by building stronger climates, or local environments that reinforce broader cultural values and beliefs. This decreases employee observed misconduct and improves employee reporting rates, as well as overall business performance. Manager preparedness is also key to ensuring higher reporting rates ultimately translate into ethical behavior and improved workplace integrity.

    Impact of a culture of integrity: 9x fewer instances of misconduct, 1.5x increased reporting of misconduct, 2.1x higher employee engagement, and 12% higher employee productivity.

    Strategic workplace integrity insights

    Gartner’s research provides compliance leaders with crucial insight on workplace integrity and corporate ethics, along with best-practice templates and tools to train employees and help minimize reputational risk to advance a sustainable corporate culture.

    Identify misconduct before it happens with RiskClarity™

    Employees in high-integrity cultures see 9x fewer instances of business misconduct and are 12% more productive. Learn how RiskClarity™ can identify hidden risks and transform the culture in your organization.

    Rethink compliance’s role in culture

    Building a strong culture of honesty and integrity starts with building strong climates for your employees. Compliance programs need to take all levels of the organization into account — so download the research paper today to align your efforts with proven best practice.

    Develop and promote a healthy culture of honesty and integrity

    The cost of getting culture wrong is high, and many long-held assumptions on corporate culture, workplace ethics and trust are proving wrong. Use this infographic to sense-check your understanding of how to build a sturdy compliance program, empower employees and influence company ethics. 

    Empower the business to own compliance risk

    Employees empowered to own compliance risk are far more likely to identify and act on risks — but first you need to equip them to manage risks. Read this Smarter With Gartner article on how to guide less and empower more.

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    Workplace integrity: Minimize misconduct with the right corporate culture

    Chief compliance officers and senior executives need to work together to nurture the right corporate culture and develop effective employee reporting channels. With more than 10% of employees having witnessed misconduct in the past year alone, it has never been more imperative for businesses to build a strong compliance program. 

    Workplace Integrity FAQs

    Integrity in the workplace is important as it fosters a positive workplace culture with open communication, good decision making and a strong moral compass guiding all decisions and actions. Workplace integrity is not only beneficial to businesses, but it is also beneficial to the individual in terms of positive career growth, strong moral support and overall success.

    Some of the ways to showcase integrity at workplace are:
    1. Demonstrating reliability and trustworthiness
    2. Honest communication
    3. Respecting other employees
    4. Respecting the privacy of colleagues
    5. Expressing gratitude when others help
    6. Taking responsibility and accountability for your actions
    7. Supporting your organization's values 

    Integrity in the workplace is about having strong principles and values, upstanding character traits and work ethics which you demonstrate through your conduct in the work environment, even when nobody is watching.

    Some of the ways to improve integrity at workplace are:
    • Create a company mission statement emphasizing integrity
    • Establish firm policies for handling integrity issues
    • Inform employees about your company policy on integrity
    • Set an example by following the policies yourself
    • Practice swift action against dishonesty and integrity breaches

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