Transparency helps leaders, managers and employees to build and maintain a culture of accountability at work; something which is vital when protecting against fraud and misconduct.
One of the best ways to relate information to staff is through scenario-led content and case studies. This approach brings policy to life and enables individuals to relate to training materials. The CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre in collaboration with Public Concern at Work (PCaW) and Mazars has developed an e-learning course which covers the fundamentals of whistleblowing for employees. The course explains how to raise and report concerns at work, plus aims to eradicate ‘grey areas’ around processes, complaints and definitions.
The package empowers employees to act in the right way if they witness misconduct at work. From an employee perspective it shows that their employers are listening to their concerns and demonstrating effective leadership, creating a positive working environment.
Whistleblowing should not be ignored due to perceived negative consequences for an organisation and its employees. There are a raft of potential problems facing firms or public sector organisations that do not adequately address the issue.
Ultimately, if robust arrangements for whistleblowing are not offered within an organisation then that organisation exposes themselves to further risk. Disgruntled employees with no effective means of redress may turn to external sources to blow the whistle, and this can be to the detriment of the organisation as well as the individual.
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