Summer Dress Codes… or When is Too Little Too Much?

Summer Dress Codes… or When is Too Little Too Much?

As I write this, the heat index in Washington DC, where I live, is close to 100 degrees.  It is sweltering, humid and downright miserable.  So I reflected on our staff, and the thousands of others suffering in the dog days of summer, and how employers relax their dress codes – and more importantly how even a relaxed dress code can be abused or create a recipe for ...

Time to Think About Generation Z

Time to Think About Generation Z

We are welcoming a new generation into the workplace, Generation Z. Born after 1998, they are also sometimes referred to as Centennials or iGeneration. Gen Z’ers are your new high school graduates and upcoming college students that will be looking for internships and finding their first job in the next few years.  So it’s probably time to stop and reflect on ...

Living in a Compliance Bubble

Living in a Compliance Bubble

One of the many challenges in being a compliance professional is the risk of living in the bubble of your own organization.  We can often get so mired down in the minutia of compliance, investigations, policy management and…let’s admit it…

The Anonymous Dilemma

The Anonymous Dilemma

One of the most common questions we are asked by clients and prospects alike relates to allowing or prohibiting anonymous reports.  Although the answer varies greatly depending on circumstance and allegation type, it seems many of the questions revolve around...

The Cost of Blowing The Whistle

The Cost of Blowing The Whistle

A recent study by three professors looks at 230 of the U.S.'s largest public company frauds disclosed over a 20 year period. The study, entitled "Who Blows the Whistle on Corporate Fraud?" addresses how each fraud was discovered. Consistent with every other study on the subject, employee whistleblowers are the largest...

JOSH MCCONNELL JOINS ETHIX360 AS EVP OF STRATEGY AND ALLIANCES

JOSH MCCONNELL JOINS ETHIX360 AS EVP OF STRATEGY AND ALLIANCES

January 1, 2016 | Washington, DC – Josh McConnell has joined ETHIX360 as EVP of Strategy and Alliances.  In his role, Josh will lead all of ETHIX360’s efforts around channel development on a global basis, as well as serve on the executive leadership team of the company.  Josh’s near 30 years of experience as an executive in the HR industry allow him to bring tremendous institutional knowledge to bear on the challenges companies face regarding compliance.  As a long time executive at Lowell, MA based Kronos Incorporated, Josh held various executive and leadership roles that included establishing and overseeing key resellers and channel partners, managing regional offices and serving as a key member of teams that evaluated numerous M&A opportunities

The Sound of Silence

The Sound of Silence

At ETHIX360 we’re frequently asked, “How many incidents are normal for a company of my size?”  That’s a tough question to answer, but it can be very revealing.  David Maxfield is a New York Times bestselling author, keynote speaker, and leading social scientist for business performance, and in article recently published in the Harvard Business Journal, he addressed now as much the sound of silence as...

20/20 Vision Was a Bit Myopic

20/20 Vision Was a Bit Myopic

Most of our clients use our systems to help employees report Code of Conduct violations. So when I saw last night’s episode of ABC News’ 202/20 was focused on sexual harassment, I had to tune in...

When Transparency Becomes Clear as Mud

When Transparency Becomes Clear as Mud

Even well intentioned regulations at times have negative unintended consequences.  And such is the case with new Occupational Health and Safety Administration (“OSHA”) regulations on electronic reporting of workplace injuries.  For a long time it has become “common sense” common practice for employers to enforce drug and alcohol testing after the occurrence of a workplace injury....

What does Brexit mean to Brethics

What does Brexit mean to Brethics

Clearly there is a lot of political fallout over Great Britain’s recent vote to exit the EU – for days after the vote it dominated the news cycles.  We all heard both the fear and support of the decision by the British people.  We heard about immigration, defense, monetary policy and regulatory authority.  And those are certainly all things citizens need to understand and debate, governments need to discern and minimize the fall out of what looks to be a very expensive divorce settlement for all involved.

But we’re an ethics company, and although interested in the political ramifications (it’s impossible after all to grow up and live in Washington DC without being a political junkie!), I came back to “what does this mean for my clients?” and “how do I counsel their ethics and compliance reporting strategies in light of Brexit?” ...

The Heart of the Matter, Matters

The Heart of the Matter, Matters

Thoughts on corporate culture, morality and ethics

I’ve blogged a lot in the past, but there’s something special about writing your company’s first blog as a startup.  It starts you down a path of both establishing a public corporate persona as well as an introspective journey on leadership.  When we founded ETHIX360, we decided that one of the things we wanted to be was simply to be part of “that company” we always wanted to part of.  I know that sounds simple, but it’s not always easy to be part of a company that builds products and sets the standard on those products as being products that we would want to use ourselves, and products that unleash unique value to our clients.  A company that has a culture we would want our friends and families to be part of, and that has a lasting positive impact on all with whom we interact.   A company with a moral compass demonstrated by ethical conduct in the way we treat others...

ETHIX360 acquires assets from Charlotte based Intercede

ETHIX360 acquires assets from Charlotte based Intercede

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but the transaction was closed with unanimous consent of both companies’ Boards of Directors. Intercede Inc. had been a leader in the GRC Case Management space for over 10 years, serving clients including Publix, Safeway, State Farm, State of Florida, the Tennessee Valley Authority, General Motors, Peabody Energy, Children’s Hospital, Federal Express and over 1,000 others since their founding in 2004. J Rollins, founder and CEO of ETHIX360 commented on the acquisition, “We are certainly excited to welcome Intercede’s clients and employees to ETHIX360. We saw in Intercede a very mature and robust cloud based solution that drove unique value to its clients over the years. Effective immediately, we will assume responsibility of Intercede’s support obligations to its clients.”