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  • You nailed your speak-up campaign. Now it's time to build on that foundation and give your managers the perfect listen-up tool to handle those delicate intake conversations. Since it’s likely that employees will go to their supervisor with concerns, use this handy conversation guide as a blueprint to prep your managers and make the first report stick. It covers all the nuts and bolts including making sure employees feel heard, drilling down to the facts, and level-setting so everyone knows what to expect.

    Has an employee come to you with a concern?

    You nailed your speak-up campaign. Now it's time to build on that foundation and give your managers the perfect listen-up tool to handle those delicate intake conversations. Since it’s likely that employees will go to their supervisor with...

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  • Received an Employee Concern?

    Received an Employee Concern?

    This elegant guide shows exactly where to go within the company when issues pop up: HR, compliance, or both. A lot of really smart managers and employees don’t know the difference between HR and compliance—the two teams’...

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  • Stuck with a tough decision?

    Stuck with a tough decision?

    Ordered around how people actually think, this decision tree aids employees wrestling with whether something is permissible. Everyone experiences that queasy feeling when they’re not sure what how to do the right thing. We ask some...

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  • We do not tolerate retaliation

    We do not tolerate retaliation

    Use this highly visual piece to heighten your team’s understanding of what retaliation looks like, and what to do if it happens to them. This piece powerfully enforces a core tenet of your culture: retaliating against someone who raises a red flag...

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  • Non-retaliation for managers (Do this, not that)

    Non-retaliation for managers (Do this, not that)

    Do this, not that! Show your managers how—and how not—to address employees' ethics concerns effectively. Leveraging the learning power of contrasting pairs, this task-based piece walks managers through how to react when an employee raises an...

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  • What is retaliation?

    What is retaliation?

    This helpful graphic gives full color to retaliation by both giving examples and explaining what to do about it. Retaliation is more than someone getting fired–this piece helps folks know it when they see it.

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  • How to speak up when you're a bystander

    How to speak up when you're a bystander

    Employees don’t always speak up when they see things that don’t align with your org’s values or policies. Often, they throw in the towel because they think it’s someone else’s responsibility, that the issue was already...

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  • Non-retaliation for managers

    Non-retaliation for managers

    Ensure your managers know how to address employee concerns with this helpful go-to guide. We love contrasting examples—they’re extraordinarily powerful in helping people learn appropriate behavior. Here, this approach is used to show your...

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  • Basic Code of Conduct Obligations

    Basic Code of Conduct Obligations

    This general guide is a quick reminder (with tips!) of day-to-day things that every employee needs to know, including how each of us has responsibilities related to ethics and compliance. Meant as a refresher and thought-provoker, this piece...

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  • Our Code of Conduct

    Our Code of Conduct

    This ingenious infographic is the missing link between your masterful Code and having your employees actually use it. After all, you poured your compliance heart into an amazing reference tool that speaks practically about your values and expectations...

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  • Why’s it so scary in the dark? Because you can’t see what’s in it—duh! Shed some light on the unknown with this illuminating Helpline infographic. 

It breaks down who sees Helpline reports, why, and how to remain completely anonymous in case some folks are still afraid to report. It also covers the follow-up process so they’re more likely to answer your questions and receive your close out message. A metaphorical night light!

Want a more concise overview? Check out Hotline: Anonymous vs. Confidential.

    What happens to information I share with the compliance helpline?

    Why’s it so scary in the dark? Because you can’t see what’s in it—duh! Shed some light on the unknown with this illuminating Helpline infographic.  It breaks down who sees Helpline reports, why, and how to remain completely...

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  • What happens when I contact the helpline?

    What happens when I contact the helpline?

    The hotline isn’t a black box. Take the mystery out of how the helpline process works with this easy explainer—you’ll show your people exactly how compliance reporting works, step-by-step, before they make the call. This is meant to...

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  • When should you raise a compliance issue?

    When should you raise a compliance issue?

    This decision tree quickly helps employees determine the right time to raise concerns—and how to do it. You want your people to speak up, but they don’t want to bother the wrong person or feel like they’re whining. This aid walks...

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  • You can preach “speaking up” until you’re blue in the face, but if your managers aren’t echoing the message—or even worse, unintentionally discouraging it—it’s not going to make a difference. And that’s sad. But don’t worry. Be happy. because you can show ‘em what the right way looks like with this fab framework for creating psychological safety, offering speak-up pathways for every preference, and modeling positive leadership when mistakes (inevitably) happen.

    Creating a speak up culture

    You can preach “speaking up” until you’re blue in the face, but if your managers aren’t echoing the message—or even worse, unintentionally discouraging it—it’s not going to make a difference. And that’s sad...

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  • Non-retaliation for managers (Do this, not that) (line art version)

    Non-retaliation for managers (Do this, not that) (line art version)

    Do this, not that! Show your managers how—and how not—to address employees' ethics concerns effectively. Leveraging the learning power of contrasting pairs, this task-based piece walks managers through how to react when an employee raises an...

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  • Let’s be real, when it comes to being a manager, the people stuff is usually the hardest part of the job. And being asked to be “inclusive” can raise anxiety levels even further: How exactly do I do that? Am I doing something wrong? Is there something I haven’t thought of? It’s complex, but this super practical infographic isn’t. It skillfully lays out nine DOs and DON’Ts for managers to apply in their day-to-day work lives. Share this with them to ensure a welcoming environment for everyone!

    How a manager can create inclusion

    Let’s be real, when it comes to being a manager, the people stuff is usually the hardest part of the job. And being asked to be “inclusive” can raise anxiety levels even further: How exactly do I do that? Am I doing something wrong? Is...

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  • The truth is employees hold misconceptions about your helpline that keep them from reporting. But you can bust those myths with this eye-catching infographic. It tackles seven common misbeliefs from “My company probably already knows about [this]” to “Nothing will happen if I speak up.”

Are you hearing other funky things through the grapevine? Rumor has it you can add those or tweak what’s here to match whatever your employees may be confused about. Them’s the facts.

    7 myths about speaking up (and the truth)

    The truth is employees hold misconceptions about your helpline that keep them from reporting. But you can bust those myths with this eye-catching infographic. It tackles seven common misbeliefs from “My company probably already knows about...

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  • Investigations can be complex, but your speak-up comms don’t need to be! Keep it basic with this straightforward chart that quickly eases fears about reporting to the helpline. By breaking down confidentiality and anonymity, folks will understand who sees helpline reports and how their identity is protected. Transparency FTW!

    Helpline: Anonymous vs. Confidential

    Investigations can be complex, but your speak-up comms don’t need to be! Keep it basic with this straightforward chart that quickly eases fears about reporting to the helpline. By breaking down confidentiality and anonymity, folks will understand...

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  • We do not tolerate retaliation (line art version)

    We do not tolerate retaliation (line art version)

    Use this highly visual piece to heighten your team’s understanding of what retaliation looks like, and what to do if it happens to them. This piece powerfully enforces a core tenet of your culture: retaliating against someone who raises a red flag...

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  • Imagine a world where employees are empowered and skilled at working out their ethics and compliance concerns themselves—before tensions escalate and managers, HR, and/or your helpline investigators have to step in...[insert clouds parting and sunbeams stretching down from the sky, warming your face]

This isn’t a pipe dream; it’s a worthy goal. You just gotta start the journey! This infographic is a huge leap in the right direction. It masterfully unpacks the do’s and don’ts of how to speak up effectively and influence ethical behavior at the peer level. So when two roads diverge in the yellow wood, your employees will have a guide to pick the right path and make all the difference.

    How to speak up and handle tough conversations

    Imagine a world where employees are empowered and skilled at working out their ethics and compliance concerns themselves—before tensions escalate and managers, HR, and/or your helpline investigators have to step in...[insert clouds parting and...

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  • Is your investigation team suffering from a case of so-and-so-is-breaking-the-rules anonymous report blues?

Cure what ails you with this crafty one-pager. It lists all the ingredients for a fact-based report that your team can act on. Side effects include: reduced levels of frustration, shortness of investigations, and solid resolutions—just what the doctor ordered.

    Making a call to the helpline?

    Is your investigation team suffering from a case of so-and-so-is-breaking-the-rules anonymous report blues? Cure what ails you with this crafty one-pager. It lists all the ingredients for a fact-based report that your team can act on. Side effects...

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  • When managers should escalate concerns to Compliance - OCTOBER GIFT

    When managers should escalate concerns to Compliance - OCTOBER GIFT

    We love it when leadership takes ownership of compliance, but what happens when they try to handle big-deal issues all on their own? Don’t leave ‘em in the dark wondering when they should loop you in. With this guide, they’ll know...

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  • Stuck with a tough decision? (line art version)

    Stuck with a tough decision? (line art version)

    Ordered around how people actually think, this decision tree aids employees wrestling with whether something is permissible. Everyone experiences that queasy feeling when they’re not sure what how to do the right thing. We ask some...

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  • New Employee Onboarding checklist

    New Employee Onboarding checklist

    Seamlessly bring on new hires with this helpful checklist—and diligence record. Rather than overwhelm a new hire (and their manager) at the start of the new job, we created a simple checklist to detail what needs to happen. This informs everyone of...

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