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‘Organisations should want to hear uncomfortable truths’

Protect’s Legal Director, Sybille Raphael, reflects on byrne·dean event ‘Reframing Whistleblowing’, which explored how employers can create a ‘speak up’ culture.   

What makes it hard to raise concerns at work?   

This was the central question asked at the byrne·dean webinar ‘Reframing Whistleblowing’, which Protect CEO Elizabeth Gardiner spoke at on 31 March 2022.  

Liz joined Graham Browning and Helen Dallimore of byrne·dean in the session. Together they discussed and played out some key points for organisations and leaders from any sector to think about and put into practice to drive behavioral change and foster a speak up culture. The interactive session provided practical and thought-provoking topics and used scenarios and real-life experiences.  

Participants also created a word cloud (see below) highlighting some of the many barriers there are in place that make speaking up in the workplace difficult.   

Organisations should want to hear uncomfortable truths. But if they are serious about doing so, and hearing these early, then they need to look at creating the right culture and reframing how whistleblowing is viewed. 

It is essential they make a real effort to create the right environment for people to share concerns and address them appropriately. Luckily Protect provides helpful guidance on how to do this. 

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