New Employee Orientation
All new County employees attend New Employee Orientation which includes a 45-minute “Ethical Reflections” training presented by the OCE. “Ethical Reflections” is a proactive approach to deterring misconduct and mitigating risks associated with unethical conduct. During the interactive training, employees “reflect” on ethical standards and values relative to government employment and personal arenas. Employees gain an understanding of the value the County places on reputation preservation, public trust and personal accountability. Employees are given an opportunity to personalize ethical predicaments and contemplate the consequences of their choices through work-related examples. New employees receive a summary of the Code of Ethics and an informational brochure on compliance and ethics.
Countywide Ethics Training
Beginning in Fiscal Year 2010-2011, all employees will participate in this online learning program about our County Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics is our collective commitment to public service as well as to the highest of ethical standards. It reflects our values and helps us make the right decisions – with honesty, openness, fairness, and integrity. Through a series of scenarios, content presentations, and activities, employees learn about ethical responsibilities which apply in everyday work life. It explains the resources available to seek help, guidance, or advice on ethical issues and reminds us of our obligation to speak up when we see something we know or think is wrong.
Informal Presentations by Request
The OCE offers consultation and ethics education to departments by providing sessions tailored to the needs of the agency employees. These sessions focus on ethics-related issues specific to, or identified by, the particular group.