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Are Your Employees Encouraged To Report Misconduct?

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According to a study by the Ethics Resource Center (ERC), the fear of being punished with some type of "backlash" for speaking up about ethical violations in the workplace affects whether workers report wrongdoing to management and negatively affects employee morale and engagement.


It's important to note that the "backlash" in this study isn't necessarily "retaliation" as defined by employment laws; rather, it includes the following reactions, as perceived by the employee:

  • verbal abuse by managers;

  • verbal abuse by co-workers;

  • exclusion by managers from work decisions or activities;

  • exclusion by co-workers;

  • demotion;

  • relocation/reassignment;

  • denial of promotions or raises;

  • physical harm to person or property;

  • nearly losing one's job;  and

  • other forms of retaliation (e.g., termination, reduction in work hours). 

The study serves as a reminder that employers shouldn't be focused solely on eliminatin...(register to read more)

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