Why would a company need a whistleblowing hotline? Well it's simple. Employees are the eyes and ears to all the activity happening in the workplace. They see and hear everything. And their voice is a valuable tool into understanding and analyzing the inner workplace culture.
Keeping Your Corporate Culture Healthy and Energetic "I work in a company that discourages speaking up and I love it", said no employee ever. In fact, more employees are seeking out potential employers with a specific cultural DNA that not only encourages speaking up, but also does not retaliate. Not long ago, the phrase "corporate culture" would have sparked a choir of groans.
Ethics hotlines are the foundation for a culture Your workplace culture has likely undergone a slight transformation over the past few months. And that's okay. A workplace culture is a living and breathing entity that will change and morph over time depending on any given situation that arises. Coronavirus for example.
Whistleblower Hotlines Improve Workplaces in Good Times and Bad In the past, the term “whistleblower” formed a negative connotation. Whistleblowers were perceived as uncollaborative, weak, or unable to handle the work environment. Employees did not want to be whistleblowers, and employers did not want to deal with them.
Whistleblowing has become much more mainstream and accepted over the past decade. New laws that protect employees from retaliation help them step forward to report wrongdoing. There are some recent trends that shine a light on legislation and government initiatives to encourage whistleblowers to speak up.
By now we've heard the trending story of Amazon VP Tim Bray stepping down from his post as Vice President of Web Services following the firing of employees he said voiced concerns over work conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.