How to create a code of conduct template

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How to create a code of conduct template
Codes of conduct are essential for all organisations (sports medicine image by Keith Frith from Fotolia.com)

Creating a code of conduct template for your organisation can develop from your own Core Values statement, or from sources in similar organisations. 'For example, your children's athletic team probably has some pretty basic core values, like "sportsmanship" and "teamwork." Developing a code of conduct from these values is a comparatively easy and rewarding experience.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

    How to create a code of conduct template

  1. 1

    Examine the core values or mission statement of your organisation. If you don't have one, it's worthwhile to create one, or at least brainstorm the key values that you cherish.

  2. 2

    Translate your values into practices. For example, if you value "customer service," include template elements like "respond quickly to customer complaints."

  3. 3

    Compare your code of conduct template to those used by similar organisations. These are typically listed on websites; several examples are provided in the references and resources section below.

  4. 4

    Distribute your code of conduct throughout your organisation. Depending on the size of your organisation, you may wish to break up this process into a few stages to allow members to provide input on the content of the code of conduct as it is developed.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't make it too complicated--a good Code of Conduct is brief enough to describe general principles, allowing people to determine its application to specific situations.

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