Ethics and safe spaces: promoting a value-driven workplace

As an effort to strengthen the ethical values of its personnel and ensure a conducive working environment for everyone, the DA-Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) conducted the seminar titled, Ethics in the Workplace on 21 December 2023 at the 1st floor, RDMIC Bldg, Diliman, Quezon City.

Serving as the resource person, Zaira Camille Cabaron provided a lecture titled, #FutureOf Work: The Evolving Work Ethics in the Gen-Z Era which focused on recognizing red flags in the workplace; respecting and appreciating diversity of employees; and bridging generational gaps among the workforce.

“Work ethics encompasses the moral and professional conduct that is expected of employees and employers in the pursuit of their respective roles and responsibilities,” she shared.

Core principles include honesty, respect, accountability, professionalism, and confidentiality.

Further, Cabaron shared that in order to bridge the generation gap in the workplace, it is important to promote open communication, implement mentorship programs, focus on common goals, flexibility in work arrangements, acknowledge and celebrate differences, provide professional development opportunities, and lead by example.

DA-BAR assistant director Joell H. Lales, in his opening remarks, emphasized that as public servants, we should uphold the highest form and standard of ethics for a peaceful, orderly, and productive working environment. 

“We should act professionally when serving people, internally and much more externally. But we should not forget that our colleagues are also our customers and we should treat them all with respect,” he added.

Meanwhile, DA-BAR director Junel B. Soriano, in his message, acknowledged the staff commitment, creativity, and resilience while further encouraging them to always strive for excellence in delivering service to their respective offices and most importantly, to the prime clientele of the bureau in the coming year.

“Transitioning to 2024, may we always bring with us the spirit of camaraderie, innovation, and

excellence. Let this be a year of new opportunities, continued success, and the fulfillment of both

personal and professional growth,” director Soriano said.

The seminar was attended by officials, personnel, and technical staff of the bureau’s four divisions.

(### Ma. Eloisa H. Aquino & Angelo N. Padura)