Workplace activism isn’t a new concept, but one which has been amplified in recent times by social movements and the circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is increasingly becoming a defining feature of the workplace. With a heightened awareness of workplace rights, along with changes in technologies and communication channels, employees can become activists within their workplaces very quickly.

Our Employment & Incentives team are advising businesses on these types of issues, as organisations respond to, manage and pre-empt legal risk. They are also working with businesses as they adapt to changing societal expectations and the evolving mindsets of their workforces.

Find out more about Workplace Activism and the key issues for employers to be mindful of below.

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A business threat or a positive driver for change?

Workplace activism has the potential to add value to the business and benefit organisations. It can drive change and challenge assumptions. It can be used to understand different voices and opinions, challenge the status quo, and help organisations respond to change. It can also be reputationally harmful if not managed properly and present legal risk. Restricting activism can deter issues being reported, harm morale and motivation and lose key talent. Suppression of activism can be unlawful.

Workplace Activism: Are you Ready? In conversation with Nicola Rabson and Jillian Naylor

In this video, Nicola Rabson and Jillian Naylor discuss workplace activism, what this means for businesses, and what you can expect from the Linklaters Employment & Incentives team.

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