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HRM CA | 30 Nov 2015, 08:00 AM Agree 0
Unethical behaviour often goes unreported because employees fear reprisal but HR can help change things, says one industry leader.
  • Larry Dawson | 30 Nov 2015, 04:13 PM Agree 0
    It seems the majority of whistleblowing isn't about turning in peers - it's about turning in managers, supervisors or executives who are guilty of misconduct. Whistleblowing on a peer employee rarely has the potential to terminate employment while reporting a higher-up for profligate expense account abuse, misuse of company assets, or harassing behaviour more often than not leads to almost immediate employment consequences for a line employee. A study in 2010 dealing with nurses in Ontario documented the existence of the "old boy" network which in almost every instance moved swiftly and decisively to discredit whistleblowers and discipline or terminate them for contrived performance issues, including manufacturing false discipline records and backdating the false documentation onto personnel files, retaliatory reassignments, cutting hours of work, denying benefits and other retribution. Unfortunately, in nearly all cases, HR was either part of the problem, or, where HR attempted to bring the matters to senior management's attention, their efforts were stifled or in some cases even HR personnel experienced retaliation. It's an established culture and it will take years to change it.
  • Shine | 01 Dec 2015, 02:05 AM Agree 0
    Really helpful thanks.
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