Soave Enterprises and its divisions and affiliated entities all received a packet of seeds and an invitation to “plant yourself online” at www.soave.com/SEED back in 2005. Since that time, over 7,200 employees have completed a total of 12,639 modules on topics ranging from communication, to ethics, to teamwork skills. Soave Enterprises is now moving into their seventh year of the Soave Ethics Education & Development program (SEED), and wants to thank each and every employee who has participated and supported this important initiative.
The Ethics Champions at Soave Enterprises are committed to providing employees with the most timely and up to date training on topics that are relevant to their day-to-day activities. The modules each teach a different aspect of ethics education. For example, the Information Security module shows employees how easily information can wind up in the wrong hands and teaches the importance of securing and protecting the business information that is processed on a daily basis. Another module, Ethical Leadership, is designed for management groups and focuses on building honest leadership practices. Careful Communication is yet another that explains some of the risks poor communication can create for all employees within the company.
The SEED program uniquely develops and delivers content appropriate to the responsibilities and environments of various Soave Enterprises employees. From field and site workers to management, human resources, and leadership positions, the modules address topics that are applicable to daily life at Soave Enterprises. However, the entire library of modules is available to all employees so they may take any course that is of interest to them.
The pace and content of ethics training are determined by genuine employee needs, rather than by faraway ethics coordinators or outside training providers. Decisions about new modules and requirements come from program leaders within the company—the “ethics champions” who help manage the SEED program. They know the employees and the corporate culture at Soave Enterprises, and they are better equipped to know where values training has been less than fully implemented—and the best ways to communicate company values to the employees. Every employee culture poses its own challenges and opportunities in terms of training and policy implementation. A successful program ensures that ethics training is mandated by people well placed to know what those challenges and opportunities are.
The SEED program offers a model for other ethics-concerned businesses to follow. First of all, it ensures that everybody from owner Anthony Soave to part-time employees at the company is aware of core values. Not only that, it communicates to the whole workforce that everybody—not just management—is responsible for putting these values into practice. Thanks to this type of program employees at Soave Enterprises know and expect everybody to do her or his part.
About Anthony Soave and Soave Enterprises
Soave Enterprises is a diversified management and investment company founded by Detroit businessman Anthony Soave that provides strategic planning, financial and other management resources to its affiliated business ventures in the real estate, automotive retailing, beer distribution, scrap metal, industrial services and transportation industries, among others. For more information on Tony Soave and Soave Enterprises, please visit http://www.soave.com.
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