What do whistleblowers want or expect from their place of work? It's a very good question!
You have your whistleblowing policy in place and senior managers have given it their endorsement. So, what next?
You wait... but, well, the reports aren't exactly flooding in.
Don't celebrate just yet. It doesn't mean there are no issues where you work. You just haven't found anyone willing to break the silence.
It's a common problem. Research by the leading Whistleblowing charity Public Concern at Work, as well as Slater and Gordon, shows a real reluctance by employees to speak out. It's not hard to see why:
(Source: Slater and Gordon)
Clearly, more needs to be done to address this. So what should you do? Where should you start?
There are just 3 things whistleblowers expect of their company:
To have their report handled confidentially
To be protected from any comeback - including being victimised or fired
To have their report investigated properly
By focusing on these areas, you can create a better climate and encourage everyone to take a stand.