With more people working from home, tips to government agencies have spiked. It feels safer to report wrongdoers when you don’t have to face them in person every day.
There is an opportunity here for ethics & compliance professionals. With the right type of outreach, we can get our colleagues to share their concerns with us and provide the help they need. Remember that most whistleblowers go to the press or the government only after they feel they have exhausted all avenues within their workplace.
Be visible on your internal social media channels (Slack, Teams, Yammer, etc.). Write in your company newsletter. Invite employees to a video call where you discuss the Code of Conduct, a recently updated policy, or the new risks your company is facing because of COVID-19. These types of activities will invite employees who have something on their mind to connect with you.