Public servants feel safer to report misconduct while working from home, according to head of whistleblowing service

Our team met with The Mandarin this week to discuss all things working from home and the impacts on our whistleblowing service, Your Call.

While the coronavirus pandemic has placed immense pressure on public servants across jurisdictions, the move to working from home has given many employees the confidence to speak out about wrongdoing, according to Nathan Luker, CEO of whistleblowing service Your Call.

The organisation provides services to private and public sector clients, including about 150 councils and a number of federal and state agencies. Early on in the pandemic, the organisation received numerous allegations of public servants stealing personal protective equipment.

“We had some public servants who were in charge of PPE gear, and a report was made to us because they allegedly siphoned off a quarter of a delivery of PPE gear and took it home and gave it to their family and their parents,” he told The Mandarin.

For example, during COVID-19, Luker’s organisation has received a spike in reports of bullying, with most reports relating to historic bullying that was previously under-reported.

“Because people are working from home, they’re not seeing their managers and those triggers that cause fear, [which normally lead to] underreporting. So they feel safer to make a report when they’re not in the office every day, they don’t need to see that manager every day,” he said.

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