The National Guardian's Office (NGO) leads, develops and supports an expanding network of Freedom to Speak Up Guardians, who support workers to speak up and to effect culture change so speaking up becomes business as usual.
The NGO has been carrying out monthly pulse surveys to find out more about how speaking up is being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This report details the results of the third and final survey in this series of focused pulse surveys.
- Almost two-thirds of respondents continued to report they – or someone in their organisation's Freedom to Speak Up network – had been asked to take on other duties to support efforts to respond to the pandemic.
- Workers continued to be encouraged to speak up. 93%)of respondents to this survey believe workers were being encouraged to speak up – up from 72% in April.
- When asked about the types of issues workers were speaking up, the biggest percentage of respondents (79%) selected worker safety and wellbeing. This included matters such as PPE, social distancing and risk assessments.
- There was a large increase in the percentage of respondents reporting that workers were speaking up about the impact of COVID-19 on BAME workers.
- There has also been a sharp increase in respondents indicating workers were speaking up about behavioural issues, such as bullying and harassment.