72% believe Whistleblowing is/would be supported in their organisation
Wf Sigmar Whistleblowers Event
72% of public sector workers believe whistleblowing is or would be supported in their organisations, with just 21% believing it would not. The findings are based on a survey conducted by William Fry at a recent event the law firm hosted alongside Sigmar Recruitment in Dublin – Competition and Compliance: the New Public Sector Talent Landscape.
72% of public sector workers believe whistleblowing is or would be supported in their organisations, with just 21% believing it would not. The findings are based on a survey conducted by William Fry at a recent event the law firm hosted alongside Sigmar Recruitment in Dublin – Competition and Compliance: the New Public Sector Talent Landscape. 

66% of this same group say their organisations have introduced systems to promote whistleblowing in the workplace, however awareness of these systems is low. Overall awareness of the Protected Disclosures Act, 2014 fared a little better, with 62% stating that they had some degree of familiarity with the topic. Interestingly, just 48% said that their organisation's standard Human Resources or Learning and Development communications were the vehicle for delivering Whistleblowing information to employees.

Attended by Directors, Managing Directors, Heads of Departments and Human Resources Managers from public sector organisations such as the Medical Council of Ireland, ComReg, Beaumont Hospital and the Central Bank of Ireland, the event considered the key features of the Protected Disclosures (Whistleblowing) legislation, and what employers must do to comply and/or protect themselves. 

Speaking on the survey findings, Catherine O'Flynn, a Partner in William Fry's Employment & Benefits Department, said: "While the results indicate that there is relatively strong awareness of Protected Disclosures at Management level within the public sector, the ways and degree to which it is being communicated need to be addressed to ensure employees know that systems exist to both encourage potential disclosures and protect those who make them. Also, despite recent negative coverage of whistleblowing, it would seem that the merit of such action is still viewed quite favourably".
 
Marina Morrissey, Operations Manager of Sigmar Recruitment's public sector division, agrees with this: “In our experience, we are often asked questions at interview on the openness of the organisation. This is a candidate driven market and as such employers must continue to promote open and honest working environments in order to continue to attract the best talent.”
 

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