Whistleblowing - are your managers being held accountable?
HR-related issues topped the list of complaints made by whistleblowers last year.
Expolink’s annual benchmarking report discovered that breaches of duty of care, grievances with colleagues or managers, gross misconduct and unfair dismissal were the main HR-related complaints flagged.
Recent allegations of data misuse by Cambridge Analytica and Facebook, alongside the investigation of Barclays chief executive Jes Staley for allegedly attempting to uncover the identity of a whistleblower at the bank, have all highlighted the potential power of whistleblowing.
Such cases became public as many employees felt ignored when they raised their concerns internally. These cases, and the ensuing publicity, have shone a light on highly toxic cultures, abuse of power, seeming disregard for the security of personal data and fraud on a massive scale.
We're happy to report most employers are ahead of the curve in embracing a more equal power balance between themselves and their employees however, we do keep hearing of the odd case where senior managers are failing to be held accountable for their behaviour towards their employees.
This risky management style carries serious potential costs. Make sure your Whistleblowing Policy is up to date and is being applied consistently across your business.
Lead by example. It isn't a new trend. Whistleblowing is.