During my time as a sales executive — working alone, remotely and thinly supervised — I sadly thought of my conduct as a win-win. My company enjoyed tremendous sales increases, my channel partners moved to the next opportunity, and often poorly paid public officials got a little something to make ends meet.
I made my objectives and hence my bonus; I wasn’t thinking of the wider ethical implications of my conduct — on society, on innocent employees and customers, and most regretfully, on my family and my own health.
While it’s hard to speculate if Gabbi (the world’s leading check-in app, which I’m honored to represent) would have changed my trajectory, what’s not speculative is the rising expectations of today’s regulators.
The Department of Justice, for example, in its recent release of “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs,” addresses the importance of accessibility, availability and frequency of compliance messaging, measurement and communications. And in our world of technology, that goes well beyond annual on-line training and annual certifications. As we often hear, “there’s an app for that.”
So, how do we get everyone to embrace the crucial idea that ethics, compliance, and the law applies to them 24/7, no matter how far from HQ they might work and reside?
If the goal is to keep your people and company safe, between those annual certifications, then it’s time for your executives, employees, and third parties to start regularly checking in by phone — even from airport lounges, city hotels, or border crossings.
There’s a lot of talk these days about the importance and role of “behavior nudges” to point us to the right side of ethical decision making. So can a simple smartphone check-in help us to overcome the isolation of the field and change the direction of someone’s life?
Yes, Gabbi can do that.
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