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.
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.
Introducing an ethics hotline into your company? Introductions can be awkward. Introducing a new system into your company can be fraught with challenges. And blank stares... Many times employees are happy with the way things are rolling along and wonder why rock the boat? Other employees welcome new ideas.
The ethics hotline is there for a very good reason You've witnessed verbal or physical abuse at your work. You think a manager and an employee are getting a wee bit too close. Your very limited financial knowledge is leaving you with questions about the current revenue... you know something is off. What do you do if you happen to come across something questionable? Your gut tells you something is wrong, but you feel you don't have enough knowledge or information to actually let anybody know it's happening.
Smarter business practices equal better results Compliance enforcement is intensifying around the world. Companies are implementing and reviewing whistleblower programs to ensure they comply with various anti-corruption acts - FCPA, UK Bribery Act, CFPOA. etc. They also want to ensure the long arms of fraud and abuse steer clear. Whether big or small, complying with global anti-corruption acts, or seeking a tool to better equip employees to report wrongdoing, every organization can benefit from implementing an ethics reporting program.