At the OD Network Europe Conference 2014, I ran a session on ‘undiscussables’. The slides contain some useful stats…
Not least, from the Roffey Park Management Agenda 2014 research, the mere witnessing by a manager of misconduct increases the likelihood of them leaving the organisation by 13%. (Disclosure: I work at Roffey Park, plus you need to register to receive the report). Add to that:
- Circa half of all managers in the research witnessed misconduct in their organisation.
- Half of those chose not to report it.
- And a fifth of board members also did not report.
There are some other stats in there from Public Concern At Work that make salutary reading e.g:
- 83% of workers blow the whistle at least twice, usually internally.
- 15% of whistleblowers raise a concern externally.
- 74% of whistleblowers say nothing is done about the wrongdoing.
- 60% of whistleblowers receive no response from management,either negative or positive.
- The most likely response is formal action (disciplinary or demotion) (19%).
- 15% of whistleblowers are dismissed.
- Senior whistleblowers are more likely to be dismissed.
- Newer employees are most likely to blow the whistle (39% have less than two years’ service).
Still think that it is easy to speak out in organisations?….