This refers to an employee, who reveals misconduct or unethical activities with the company publicly or to senior management. Whistle Blowers, are covered by the Protected Disclosures Act 2000.
Reasons why whistleblowing support is important
This is important to include in any workplace because if employees feel as though they are not able to speak up about problems, this can lead to serious issues.
Examples of this are the following a subdued workplace with an unpleasant atmosphere, where no relationships or trust is formed between staff.
As a whistleblower, employees should not worry about facing any repercussions after passing on information on behaviour that they believe is a threat.
The law can protect them if they are treated unfairly or lose their job because they are found to have blown the whistle and will be able to take action to bring justice if this is the case.