Creating a speak up and whistleblowing culture
What do these have in common?
The problem with whistleblowing is that it is just too late in the day. If something has reached the stage that it requires whistleblowing then there has been a failure in the organisation. You need to be capturing issues much earlier in the day. Nothing starts as a whistleblowing event. It starts as a niggling issue which if treated early can be nipped in the bud quickly and cheaply. If not it can lead to huge costs and repetitional damage, just ask VW.
The Speaking Up Problem
292,642 people responded that they had experienced bullying and harassment in the last 12 months but 152,730 of those didn’t go on to report the issue.
But it’s not just for issues such as bullying that people struggle to speak up it can be the seemingly trivial too. I’m sure that you have been on a training course and at the end the trainer asks “any questions?” I can guarantee there will be at least one individual in the room thinking “I’d like to ask about X but everyone else will already know the answer”, maybe that individual has been you?