The Federation has launched a Masterclass Training on Workplace Ethics and Culture to help employers and employees navigate and create proper responses in this changing environment at the workplace occasioned by the Pandemic.
This is premised on the fact that in the long run the changes and disruptions caused by Covid-19 pandemic have an adverse impact on those who do not appropriately respond to it. The main goal of this masterclass is to promote ethical behaviour and culture that drives performance at the workplace.
The module sought to build the capacity of delegates to identify the building blocks of a good value system in the reality of Covid-19, appreciate the evolving culture and how Covid-19 has impacted the workplace and appreciate the role that leadership plays in building the desired organizational culture.
In this phase everybody is learning because of the emerging culture, this requires a new mindset and a new orientation for all. The new workplace culture provided emphasis on experimentation and a state of continuous learning because we are not sure of the efficacy of what we are doing now.
We note that employers must create a psychological safety net for their employees. Giving them an opportunity to communicate, air their views freely and appreciate their concerns. A new paradigm shift on what to do, how to reengineer business and employee relations.
In the learnings, it cropped up is that culture is cascaded from the top therefore leaders must ask themselves what they are doing to set the stage for change in culture and ethics in this new environment. They must put deliberate efforts to institute the desired culture with good value systems and ethics to sustain performance and productivity.
What must companies do in this changing workplace environment? Employers should resolve to address emerging challenges quickly, remain resilient, think of a strategy to get the business back to normal, re- imagine the possibilities and opportunities in the new normal and decide what reforms to take to sustain their enterprises and protect livelihoods.
This is the time to ACT! Improve our infrastructure, change our system and come up with strategies in managing the Pandemic. This calls for a change in our culture and ethics.