Whistleblower Protection: The Challenge of Addressing Retaliation
Retaliation and its impact on employees is a serious issue for organisations, yet it is often difficult to resolve. Retaliation rates are climbing, and studies show 35% of employees fear retaliation from employers. This impacts corporate culture and worker productivity and may ultimately lead to monetary fines in retaliation cases.
In many cases, managers may not even realise that they are retaliating against employees. They may believe they are being impartial while employees notice even subtle changes in behaviour, or they may see a whistleblower not as a contributing employee but as an obstacle to meeting departmental goals.
Whistleblower protection has a vitally important role in an effective whistleblowing system. Without the safety of protection, using your whistleblower hotline can feel like a dangerous and potentially damaging move for your employees, meaning anything they were planning to bring to light could go unchecked. So what legal protection is provided to whistleblowers? Here’s some more information to help you ensure your employees feel comfortable speaking out.
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