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What Is a Speak-Up Culture?

July 17, 2020

Via: HR Hero

Employers know that in order to combat problems in the workplace, the first step is to discover those problems. But how can an employer find out about problems if employees aren’t willing to bring them to anyone’s attention?

This is where workplace culture comes into play. Employers have an incentive to create and foster a culture in which employees feel empowered to “speak up” whenever there is anything that needs to be addressed. Examples include:

  • Harassment
  • Discrimination
  • Bullying
  • Unsafe practices, policies, or behaviors
  • Illegal retaliation
  • Drug or alcohol problems
  • Violence
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Other unethical or illegal behaviors
  • Any other form of employee misconduct

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