How to manage 'activist' employees (Toughest HR Question)

Creating a culture of trust makes it safe for workers to report wrongdoing
By Yaseen Hemeda
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 01/22/2016

Question: As HR professionals, how can we effectively manage and engage activist employees who have concerns about organizational wrongdoing?


Answer: Activist employees take up causes or issues within their own workplaces that they feel personally affect them or their colleagues. They often become whistleblowers. Whistleblower cases involving companies such as Enron, WorldCom and, most recently, the National Security Agency are reminders that employers must find better ways of managing and engaging with activist-type employees who know of wrongdoing.