The information below is from the completed 2022 event. Check back in the fall for 2023 updates.

Maine HR Convention: May 9 – 12, 2022


MegaSession A: Ethics and Decision Making

Thursday, May 12th, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The heart of your HR, business, and personal practices. 

Why you’ll want to participate in this session. Ethics is the golden thread that weaves its way through the decisions we make – both personally and professionally. It attaches to every step of the employee lifecycle. It connects to your values and workplace culture. And, it’s deeply engrained in employment practices, corporate governance, and community responsibilities. We arrive at the workplace table with individual morality, based on a combination of biology and culturally learned behaviors. So how do we enhance our ability to “do the right thing” and encourage our organizations to do the same? That’s a big question, and we turn to a member of our “big picture” faculty – Kenji Saito, MD, JD to get us started on an answer. Kenji has been thinking about ethics for a long time, as a doctor, lawyer, and as the co-founder of the Center for Urban Bioethics and Health Law Society.    

What’s it all about?     

  • By way of introduction, we’ll discuss the science behind how we form our core moral beliefs and values and how cultures form codes of conduct. 
  • Then, you’ll roll up your sleeves with a few HR ethical case studies providing ample opportunity to discuss the gray areas we face all the time. Dive into the strategic process of building a culture of ethics at work, and tactically applying ethical principles to the decision-making process you face all the time. 
  • You’ll leave this session with a better understanding of HR’s position in the middle, sitting somewhere among your potentially divergent responsibilities to your organizationyour employees, and the larger world.    

Approved for SHRM credit and HRCI General (HR) Credit – you can reference this session relative to your ethics requirement on recertification.

Program Faculty: Kenji Saito, MD