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Beyond the investigation: Monitoring for retaliation

Katie Smith | September 12, 2017

Retaliation, or fear of it, can rot a company’s culture to its core. That is why ethics & compliance professionals spend a dizzying amount of resources to prevent it, from managing speaking-up campaigns and creating reporting vehicles to ensuring consistent investigations.

Yet, compliance & ethics programs often fall short here, operating under the assumption that retaliation isn’t an issue if only a few cases get reported. It’s a shortsighted view. What happens when the investigation is over and everyone involved goes back to their lives? What are you doing to ensure all parties have the opportunity to move on and thrive without experiencing retaliation?

Retaliation can be a murky topic, but it’s a very real risk to every organization. Left unchecked, it can slowly suffocate an organization. It affects employee willingness to report misconduct, and fewer reports can mean occurring risks are not being addressed. It can also strangle internal reporting channels...

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