Best Practices for Protecting Whistleblowers: Independent Audits and Program Improvement
Retaliation against employees who report issues is all too common.
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Even well-conceived, well-intentioned anti-retaliation programs can founder in implementation, either in certain facilities, functions or organization-wide. Problems can also stay hidden from management and not be apparent in normal data collection. To ensure that their program is working effectively, employers should consider engaging independent evaluators or auditors whose assessments go beyond safety or financial systems audits, but which add depth or are complimentary to those. Specific audits for employees’ willingness to report issues and about fears for retaliation are needed to really gauge whether or not there are lingering issues or fears of retaliation.
The suggestions in the Best Practices for Protecting Whistleblowers: Independent Audits and Program Improvement 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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