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Ethical behavior is the antidote to toxic culture

Neta Meidav (Vault Platform, London, UK)

Strategic HR Review

ISSN: 1475-4398

Article publication date: 3 February 2021

Issue publication date: 13 July 2021




In this paper, the author sought to explain why ethical behavior is the antidote to toxic workplace culture at a time where employees are forced to take their complaints through external channels when internal procedures fall short.


The author draws upon recent discussions around employer responsibilities in the wake of #MeToo and the Black Lives Matter movements, using relevant case studies to outline where employers have failed to offer adequate protection for their employees.


The author found that by promoting a healthy speak-up culture within the workplace, employees are more likely to feel that their concerns are heard, and the issues can be dealt with internally, to the benefit of both individuals and their organizations.


HR departments will be able to access the merits of shifting workplace culture to a more transparent model that bridges the trust gap between employees and their organizations.



Meidav, N. (2021), "Ethical behavior is the antidote to toxic culture", Strategic HR Review, Vol. 20 No. 2, pp. 47-50.



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