Whistleblowers prefer to stay silent

Only a quarter of employees would approach their bosses with concerns about such things as ‘corporate manslaughter, financial misconduct and health and safety violation’ according to the research by business tools provider InTouch.

The company suggested that given the current environment – post-Enron – it was time businesses started making it easier for employees to communicate their concerns.

John Wilson of InTouch commented: ‘There is increasing pressure on companies to put in place channels for the communication of serious concerns, compliance issues and whistleblowing.’

He added that employees may be aware of potentially ‘volatile’ situations on a ‘day-to-day level’ at work but might unsure or afraid of what to do.

‘So it is vital to have a forum whereby management can be notified as soon as something arises,’ Wilson concluded.

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