Best Practices for Protecting Whistleblowers: Monitoring Progress

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Retaliation against employees who report issues is all too common.

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Tracking of progress and trends is crucial to preventing retaliation. Many common measurement and incentive systems used in organizations can actually encourage or mask retaliation. By encouraging low reported numbers of things like safety or financial fault incidents, low numbers for filed concerns or reports of retaliation, retaliation is at least implicitly encouraged in order to meet the numbers or gain rewards associated with low numbers. From this, the seeds of suppression of reporting and then retaliation may be sown. Though these measurement and incentive plans have become common practices, they are now regarded as counterproductive to reporting issues and to preventing retaliation. Newer methods are being developed and adopted, and many companies have simply stopped incentives based on low volume of reporting issues, retaliation, and other problems.

The suggestions in the Best Practices for Protecting Whistleblowers: Monitoring Progress mobile app are presented in a generic form, adaptable to most workplaces, but must be adjusted to variables like size, history, and applicable law. GoCanvas has more apps related to The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989. Check them out in in our Application Store.

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