The results of a recent survey showed that managers do not respond to about 60% of the whistleblowers who voice fears about their workplace. This could be to not having a proper whistleblowing policy.
Another data given from the charity Public Concern at Work stated that 19% of the questioned 1,000 whistleblowers answered they were disciplined or demoted after speaking up.
It all started after the scandal at Stafford Hospital where hundreds of patients died because of the insufficient care no matter that some members of staff tried to raise concerns.
Not long ago three people were arrested because they had given away many details of chauffeur-driven journeys taken by Cumbria’s police and crime commissioner.
In the opinion of Public Concern at Work the effectiveness of whistleblowing in the UK is not at the level it has to be.
Something else the report talks about is the description of the “typical” whistleblower. These are usually people who had not worked for the organization for more than two years and raise their concerns twice, usually internally. About 74% of the people who took part in the survey answered nothing had changed and 60% said they did not in fact receive any kind of response.
There were a few cases of grievance raised, which made impression but later those people had serious concerns they would be dismissed.
Senior whistleblowers suffer more, while junior staff are mainly ignored.
About a quarter of those who took part in the survey said they expected better outcomes as they relied to an official regulator.
Cathy James, chief executive of Public Concern at Work said:
“Too many workers still suffer reprisals which will not only impact negatively on the whistleblower, but will deter others from speaking up and allow a culture of silence to pervade.”