Many organisations do not consider whether they have enough measures in place to ensure a speak-up culture. Encouraging employees to blow the whistle safely requires the leadership to consider whether they have created an environment in which their employees feel safe. A number of interventions are needed to guard against a culture of silence.
The Covid-19 pandemic and related lockdowns around the globe has put a spotlight on the need for empathy. Many have been able to display great empathy, while others have been struggling. I suspect that those organisations that have typically been bottom line driven, would have found it a lot more difficult to deal with the levels of empathy required in dealing with employees who suddenly had to go into a mini diaspora, while dealing with the inevitable bereavement that accompanied the virus as it wreaked havoc.