News of the day is that not only do we need whistleblowers, but we need protections in place to ensure they can come forward and not be persecuted for speaking up and doing the right thing.
We tell ourselves little white lies all the time... Hitting the snooze button three times on a workday won't set me back that much. Happy hour is not going to stand in the way of making it to that 6 a.m. workout class tomorrow. Veggie chips count as a vegetable, right? We see the same when talking to companies about ethics reporting programs.
This was our first year exhibiting at SCCE's CEI event in Las Vegas. As first time exhibitors, we really didn't have previous CEI events to compare this one to. But what this one did have, that previous years didn't, was a heightened sense of perseverance and desire to make our own pockets of our worlds that much stronger and successful.
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.
Can employees really speak-up with ethics hotlines? That caught our attention too! This is from an article (here) and makes a little bit of sense. But the problem is we often think 'in an ideal world'. But reality is very often quite different. Let's dissect it. We'll start by saying you can only fix what you know.