How effective is 'zero tolerance'? Well likely only as effective as a company allows it to be. 1) Should it be part of a company's policies? 2) How believable is it? 3) Should it be removed altogether?
As the title may suggest, this is actually not meant to sound completely crazy. In fact the opposite is true. You want your employees to be whistleblowers. Yes you do, trust us! Why? Because they're the people who see things happen!
#metoo has become a voice for many sexual assault victims to begin to break their silence about their own personal experiences.
Employee fraud is expensive. Whistleblower hotlines are not. You might think that when it comes to fighting fraud in the workplace, that the best methods are too expensive, too high-tech, or too complicated. Turns out, the best way to fight fraud actually starts with a tip.
Every post you see regarding ethics hotlines or whistleblower hotlines, revolves around setting up processes in place to allow employees to anonymously report on wrongdoing in the company. We see reports of securities violations, bullying and harassment, occupational fraud and abuse, money laundering... the list goes on. Many organizations have adopted hotlines to allow employees and stakeholders to report on these instances of misconduct.
Don't let the title fool you. Everyone has been given the freedom, and power, of speech. It's something that can't be taken away from us.