Transcript: Episode 107 – Ethics, Diversity, and High Performing Cultures
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In episode 107 of “The JoyPowered® Workspace Podcast,” JoDee and Susan discuss ethics with speaker, author, and consultant Karl Ahlrichs.

JoDee and Susan start off the episode by sharing some definitions of “ethics” and discussing how workplace ethics has changed from being considered the same thing as legal compliance to including over 200 data points.

Karl Ahlrichs joins the show to share his ethics expertise. It’s a common misconception that ethics is just following the law and doing what’s legal. A lot of people want the clarity of rules, but Karl describes ethics as a layer cake. Ethics happens in the chaos of modern life, so it needs some wiggle room.

There’s also a correlation between ethics and high performing cultures; high performers want full accountability and to be able to count on their leaders doing the right thing. Knowing that their boss will have their back if they do the right thing means high performers stick around and other high performers want to work there.

When asked about the connection between ethics and diversity, Karl says it’s easy – doing the right thing. Fundamentally, the answer when we’re wrestling with ethics, racism, microaggressions, unconscious bias, etc., is just do the right thing, even if it’s personally painful.

In this episode’s listener mail, our listener asks what the hot jobs are right now. In the news, JoDee and Susan discuss a Wall Street Journal article that reported that Black working women are one of the groups hit hardest by COVID-19 in America and are more likely to consider stepping away from their career.

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Emily Miller
Emily Miller
Emily works behind the scenes at JoyPowered, helping to edit and publish the books, producing the podcast, and running the website and social media.

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