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Preventing Retaliation in the Workplace

Retaliation in the workplace is an ongoing, critical issue that can have serious consequences for organizations.

In the past few years, due in part to the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, our national dialogue on workplace behavior has exploded. With increased media exposure, more internal training and discussion regarding workplace behavior, reporting is on the rise. Unfortunately, so is retaliation for reporting.

Retaliation is a significant issue facing organizations today.

As an ethics & compliance professional, it brings up a catch-22 conundrum: the more successful you are in encouraging employees to raise concerns, with more reports returned, our Global Business Ethics Survey report finds that retaliation in the workplace increases.

Even worse, when employees fear being retaliated against, it can have a silencing effect on reporting misconduct in the future.

But there ARE solutions to preventing retaliation from fracturing your organization and promoting a workplace where employees feel safe speaking up.

Join ECI for the Fall 2019 Best Practice Forum, Preventing Retaliation in the Workplace, November 5-6, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

This event addresses the multiple and complex issues woven into speaking up and retaliation through interactive dialogue with subject matter experts, peer-to-peer sharing and the identification of practical strategies that will support your organization’s culture of safety.

What is a Best Practice Forum?

Preventing Retaliation in the Workplace takes a multi-faceted approach to tackling the issue of retaliation and how you can help to prevent it through keynote speakers and panel discussions. Each session seeks to illustrate a problem and provide practical solutions that you can implement as soon as you return. Best Practice Forums bring together ethics and compliance professionals to share ideas and learn real strategies to mitigate some of the biggest risks facing organizations.

Why is This Event Important?

Retaliation can be a problem in all workplaces, and the reasons for it can vary wildly and may surprise you. But preventing retaliation IS possible. Through a series of keynote talks, panel discussions and peer-to-peer networking opportunities, this event doesn’t just give you a theoretical knowledge base of what and why, instead it provides practical solutions and applications to preventing retaliation in your organization. As an attendee, you will learn from experts in a variety of sessions, including:

The Psychology of Retaliation

Revenge has been woven deeply into the fabric of individual relationships, communities and cultures for thousands of years. What do we know about why people retaliate and seek revenge based on real or imagined injustices and how can that understanding inform how we deal with it in the workplace?

The Long Road Back: Resolution and Resiliency

Once retaliation has occurred, the organization must respond and demonstrate accountability both to the employee and the accused. However, often repercussions from the situation extend far beyond those directly involved; often an entire team or department is impacted.

Join us as we consider the many complex issues that surround resolution and resiliency related to retaliation (whether or not the report is substantiated). How can companies ensure that the process is not only fair, but also recognizes the human emotions that are unavoidable? Are there strategies to help a group rebalance and re-establish trust during the investigation and after the case is closed. A definite workplace issue, this topic is the “new frontier” of dealing with retaliation in the workplace.

What Can We Learn From Theranos?

From its inception, Theranos has been in the news and a source of fascination. What can we learn from the Theranos story and the experience of someone who worked there. Join Tyler Shultz, widely portrayed in print and documentaries as one of the key Theranos Whistleblowers, and Brad Agle, Romney Endowed Professor of Ethics and Leadership at BYU, as we consider the circumstances that led to the collapse of a Silicon Valley multi-billion dollar technology startup.

A Question of Power and Culture

Whether retaliation comes from peers or leaders, it often occurs in the context of a power differential between the abuser and abused. What is the relationship between power and retaliation and how can the organization build in checks on authority that address this toxic relationship? More broadly, what changes to workplace culture and the context of work itself can make retaliation a less likely response to perceived threats?

and many more, like The Current State of Retaliation in the Workplace and The Preferred Path: Prevention. See the full agenda by navigating to the agenda tab.

Who attends Best Practice Forums?

Best Practice Forum attendees are senior-level ethics and compliance professionals from Fortune 500 companies, practitioners, leaders, HR professionals and more who have a vested interest in creating and maintaining an ethics and compliance program that benefits their employees and organizations. E&C industry professionals who foster a commitment to ethics and integrity in U.S. and multi-national corporations know that Best Practice Forums are the best way to discover new ideas and take back actionable, practical ideas to their senior executives and utilize in their E&C programs.

This forum doesn’t simply cover the surface of workplace retaliation. Instead, we dive deep in to the root causes of retaliatory behavior to focus on solutions that can be implemented across industries and in organizations of all sizes.

What do your peers think?

For two years in a row, more than 90% of attendees viewed the Fall Best Practice Forum favorably and felt it was a valuable use of their time. Best Practice Forums offer you the invaluable opportunity to learn from and connect with other professionals in your position.

November 5, 2019

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Meeting Welcome

  • Earnie Broughton, Senior Adviser, Ethics & Compliance Initiative
9:15 am - 9:45 am

The Perennial Problem of Retaliation

  • Patricia Harned, Chief Executive Officer, Ethics & Compliance Initiative

What makes the fall ECI BPF the perfect time and space to address retaliation, taking stock of where we are in terms of this  negative and destructive behavior and what we can do together to reduce its occurrence in the workplace?

9:45 am - 10:45 am

The Current State: Retaliation in the Workplace

  • Facilitator – Victoria Sweeney, Principal, KPMG
  • Michael Camilleri, Senior Director & Associate General Counsel, United Technologies Corporation
  • Wendy Evans, Senior Corporate Ethics Investigator, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Alicia Olmstead, Global Ethics & Compliance Consultant, Dell
  • Keri Wood, Director, Ethics Hotline, AETNA, Inc.

This session will feature a panel of ethics & compliance practitioners from the ECI Preventing Retaliation Working Group. Through their work, we will learn about the current trends in dealing with workplace retaliation, the implications for ethics & compliance, and what challenges still remain.

10:45 am - 11:05 am

Networking Break

11:05 am - 12:10 pm

The Psychology of Retaliation

  • C. Nathan DeWall, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Social Psychology Lab at the University of Kentucky

Revenge has been woven deeply into the fabric of individual relationships, communities and cultures for thousands of years. What do we know about why people retaliate and seek revenge based on real or imagined injustices and how can that understanding inform how we deal with it in the workplace?

12:10 pm - 12:30 pm

ECI Spotlight

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Lunch

1:45 pm - 2:05 pm

ECI Spotlight

2:05 pm - 3:05 pm

Inside the Experience of the Reporter

  • Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, Government Accountability Project (GAP)
  • Andrea Falcione, Principal, Rethink Compliance

How does one reach the point of reporting an issue? What motivates an employee to blow the whistle externally versus reporting  internally? What are the factors that lead workers to accept the personal and professional risk, and step forward to report? How can E&C develop programs and processes that support employees and protect them after they come forward? Are there ways to identify a situation or an employee at risk?

3:05 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Sponsor Spotlight

3:45 pm - 4:50 pm

A Question of Power and Culture

  • Alison Fragale, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina

Whether retaliation comes from peers or leaders, it often occurs in the context of a power differential between the abuser and abused. What is the relationship between power and retaliation and how can the organization build in checks on authority that address this toxic relationship? More broadly, what changes to workplace culture and the context of work itself can make retaliation a less likely response to perceived threats?

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Transition and Email Break

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception

November 6, 2019

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 8:40 am

Getting Started

8:40 am - 9:00 am

ECI Spotlight

9:00 am - 10:10 am

The Preferred Path: Prevention & Intervention

  • Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, Government Accountability Project (GAP)
  • Allison Greene-Sands, Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Department of Defense
  • Andrea Falcione, Principal, Rethink Compliance
  • Robin Rohmer, KPMG

We know that High Quality E&C Programs are characterized by reduced incidence of retaliation. We are challenged to create a program and culture that prevents retaliation from occurring in the first place and, failing prevention, develop investigative  Protocols and escalation procedures that help us identify retaliation risks quickly and act decisively and effectively. In this session we receive a high-level overview of best practice approaches and hear from subject matter experts in the field.

10:10 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

10:30 am - 11:40 am

The Long Road Back: Resolution & Resiliency

  • Wendy Evans, Senior Corporate Ethics Investigator, Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Allison Greene-Sands, Office for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Department of Defense
  • Dana Gold, Senior Counsel and Director of Education, Government Accountability Project (GAP)

Once retaliation has occurred, the organization must respond and demonstrate accountability Both to the employee and the  accused. However, often repercussions from the situation extend far beyond those involved. In this session, we hear from subject matter experts in organizational recovery and individual resiliency in order to leverage our collective experience and explore new ways to help employees and the organization heal and move forward.case is closed. A definite workplace issue, this topic is the “new frontier” of dealing with retaliation in the workplace.

11:40 am - 12:00 pm

Sponsor Spotlight

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

What Can We Learn From Theranos?

  • Brad Agle, Marriott School of Management, Brigham Young University (BYU)
  • Tyler Schultz, CEO & Co-Founder, Flux Biosciences and Theranos Whistleblower

From its inception, Theranos has been in the news and a source of fascination. What can we learn  from the Theranos story and the experience of someone who worked there. Join Tyler Shultz, widely portrayed in print and documentaries as one of the key Theranos Whistleblowers, and Brad Agle, Romney Endowed Professor of Ethics and Leadership at BYU, as we consider the circumstances that led to the collapse of a Silicon Valley multi-billion dollar technology startup.

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Conclusions & Next Steps

Venue

Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center, Atlanta, GA 30303

https://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/atlanta-cnn-center/meetings/eci-best-practice-forum

Special rates starting at $219 per night.

2019 Best Practice Forum Registration Rates

Rates per person:

MEMBER

Non-MEMBER

Individual (each)

$1,200

 

$1,500

 

Group of 2 or 3 each

$1,050

$1,350

(Registered at the same time)

Group of 4 or more

$975

$1,100

(Registered at the same time – call 703-647-2185

or email casey@ethics.org)

*Offer valid until June 28, 2019. Non-member offer includes complimentary one-year Individual Membership to ECI.

NOTE: Complimentary conference passes cannot be applied to group rates.
If you require registration assistance, please contact 703-647-2185 or email casey@ethics.org

If you require registration assistance, please contact 703-647-2185 or email casey@ethics.org.

Group discounts are applicable only when registering at the same time.  If not registering together, only the additional person(s) will receive a discount.  Group discounts of 3 or more are not available online, please contact our office to register your group.

CANCELLATION POLICY:
Cancellations made on or before September 23, 2019 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations received on or after September 24, 2019 will receive a refund less a $500 administration fee.  No refunds will be given after October 7, 2019.  Non-payment or non-attendance does not constitute cancellation and you will be charged the registration fee.

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