March is Ethics Awareness Month. What better time to strengthen our culture of doing what is right!
To mark the month, the Office of Ethics and Compliance is hosting the sixth annual Ethics Awareness Month Information Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., March 28 at the County Operation Center’s plaza. There will be music, swag, giveaways and information about County departments and other resources. More than 30 exhibitors will be present, including County Library, Environmental Health, First 5 San Diego, Registrar of Voters and the Sheriff’s Department.
Plus, OEC Director Claudia Silva will speak on “Everyday Ethics” at 12:15 p.m. in the chambers.
“Ethics Awareness Month is an opportunity for everyone to reaffirm our commitment to do what is right, uphold the highest standards of conduct, prevent waste, and embrace our differences,” said Silva.
If you cannot make it to the fair, there are still opportunities for you to champion ethics in the workplace. Employees can participate in the following ways:
Take the Ethics 101 online training. Head over to LMS and search for “Ethics 101.” The video is just 8 minutes long.
Request that OEC conduct an on-site ethics training or speak at an upcoming department meeting.
Check out the "Ethics In-a-Box” training resources for managers/supervisors.
If you have a question about what is ethical in the meanwhile, don’t wait to get answers. The first place employees can turn if they have a concern about possible unethical, illegal or unsafe activity is their supervisor.
If an employee isn’t comfortable going to a supervisor or other manager, or if their concern relates to a supervisor or manager, they can call OEC or the County’s Ethics Hotline at 866-549-0004. The hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is operated by a third party. Employees can report concerns anonymously and can also do so online.