Research shows that more than 13% of employees in the Netherlands are confronted daily with undesirable behavior. More specifically: (sexual) harassment, bullying, discrimination and aggression.
The Occupational Health and Safety Act (in Dutch: Arbowet) states that an employer must make every effort to ensure a safe working environment. An important and relevant aspect of being a good employer is appointing a confidential advisor.
The fact that, in practice, an internal confidential advisor is often seen by employees as the long arm of HR creates a barrier for those employees to seek help from an internal confidential advisor. With all its consequences.
DEVP’s trained and experienced professionals are available to employees to discuss undesirable behavior confidentially. The independence of DEVP professionals is essential here: employees who encounter undesirable behavior must be heard by an independent expert and helped to act appropriately. If this does not happen, undesirable behavior leads to attrition, labor disputes, damages and, in the worst case, negative publicity.
At DEVP, the welfare of the employee is our top priority. DEVP’s independence from the employer is guaranteed in all cases by the agreements we make with the employer. DEVP listens, is experienced and critical; all our professionals know the ropes. DEVP has national coverage. After getting acquainted with the client, the most suitable confidential advisor, who is active in the province in which the client operates, will be assigned in consultation with the client.
In case of undesirable behavior, the external confidential advisor is the first point of contact for your employees. This prevents absenteeism, increases job satisfaction and productivity and demonstrates good employment practices.
Should the report ultimately require an investigation and/or end in a dispute or complaint, we are ready with our expertise.
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