Whistle-Blowers can Devastate Unprepared Organisations, Find the Edge Article Says

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All organisations need to take steps to prevent staff members from feeling the need to blow the whistle, a new Find the Edge article says.

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Whichever sector you’re in, you will be subject to numerous laws and regulations. You are therefore vulnerable to people within your business blowing the whistle on you – rightly or wrongly.

Damaging whistle-blowing incidents can be prevented by taking steps to help employees feel valued and comfortable expressing any concerns they have, according to employment law specialist, Robert McCreath.

McCreath uses an article published on Find the Edge to explain why all companies are exposed to the threat whistle-blowers pose, and why an incident can be so damaging.

He also gives five tips to help companies prevent their employees from covertly turning on them.

He said: "Whichever sector you’re in, you will be subject to numerous laws and regulations. You are therefore vulnerable to people within your business blowing the whistle on you – rightly or wrongly.

The effects of this can be devastating – through enforcement action by relevant authorities, adverse publicity, impact on internal morale and legal action from the whistle-blower."

McCreath suggests creating a written document to clarify the company's processes for dealing effectively with reports of malpractice, and also explains the need to reassure staff that they will not be victimised if they do raise issues.

He said: "Even if the concerns raised turn out to be unjustified, and cause you a major headache, avoid the temptation to sack or discipline the whistle-blower - unless you really do have convincing evidence of malice or vexatiousness (on which you should take external advice).

"Ensure that others in the business (especially those who may have been accused of wrongdoing – and their allies) do not vilify the whistle-blower."

The full article can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/leadership/management-tips/peeeep-top-5-tips-for-when-the-whistle-blows-against-you.

Robert McCreath is a partner at the specialist employment law firm Archon Solicitors, and is also a CEDR accredited mediator. More about him can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/robert-mccreath.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge said: "People resort to whistle-blowing when they feel there is no other way to address issues, or fear personal repercussions if they go to managers with their concerns.

"Making the effort to increase dialogue, demonstrating to employees that concerns will be investigated and acted upon, and avoiding knee-jerk, emotional reactions can help managers avoid embarrassing and costly external disclosures."

Find the Edge is a website designed to help business leaders access the specialist, relevant information and insight they need to run their business with increased effectiveness.

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