Set an example
It is a good idea to lead by example when you want to promote ethical conduct in your organisation. Always take ethical decisions, and choose the fair way when you have several alternatives in doing a job. Use eco-friendly products, indulge in fair trade, buy local products as much as possible, and have a sense of social responsibility. Ensure that your business does not harm the environment in any way.
If your staffers see you practising ethical conduct, they will start following the same practices too.
Train your employees
Train your employees well in the code of ethical conduct. Hold regular discussion sessions with your employees, explaining clearly why the following of ethics is important to your organisation, and how they can follow it. Mention the possible ethical dilemmas that they can face in the course of their day-to-day work, and suggest ways out.
Ensure that ethical conduct is built into your daily processes and practices, and that your managers communicate the same to the employees at lower levels. Make sure that everyone in the organisation is on the same page as far as ethical conduct is concerned.
Regular training sessions on ethical conduct will emphasise the importance of the same among your employees, and ensure that your staff understands what exactly you expect from them in this regard.
Have a reward system
Often, firms speak about ethical behaviour, but do nothing to encourage such conduct among their employees. Introducing a reward system for employees who indulge in ethical conduct is a good way to promote it.
Study your employees’ behaviour closely, and shortlist those who have gone out of their way to do their work sincerely and ethically. Offer rewards to them in public, and appreciate them. These rewards can be either monetary or non-monetary in nature, and will help you in setting examples for ethical conduct through these employees.
Strive for work-life balance
Employees are more likely to work ethically and take ethical decisions when they are satisfied and happy with their jobs, and when there is good work-life balance. Hence, you, as a small business owner, should strive to promote work-life balance in your organisation, in order to help your employees practise ethical conduct.
Look carefully for signs of unhappiness, discontent and burnout among your employees, and take steps to resolve these issues at the earliest possible.