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Confidential advisor regulation

If integrity issues cannot be discussed and resolved in direct consultation between the employee and his or her manager, the employee can consult the confidential advisor .

The confidential advisor is independent, lends a listening ear, provides information, offers advice and mediates where necessary. Any questions, doubts or suspicions can be discussed in confidence. Carefulness and reliability form the basis for the proper functioning of a confidential advisor. The confidential advisor’s work sphere covers three areas:

Undesirable behaviour

If an employee is the victim of undesirable behaviour, such as bullying, sexual harassment, aggression, violence or discrimination, he or she can make an appointment with the confidential advisor to discuss the problem in a confidential setting. The confidential advisor only informs third parties with the employee’s express permission. The confidential advisor is the first port of call and advises, supports and informs staff and students about the different routes that are available for resolving the problem or filing a complaint (see the website ).

Integrity

If an employee suspects an actual or impending violation of integrity, he or she can go to the confidential advisor to discuss the issue in a confidential setting. The confidential advisor will also inform the employee or student of the need to report integrity violations (confidentially, if necessary). The confidential advisor is the first point of contact and advises, supports and informs staff and students about the regulations on reporting a violation.

Collaboration problems

If an employee has difficulties working with someone, talking to the (next-level) manager may be the first step towards a solution. If this discussion seems too difficult, a discussion with the HR advisor could be a useful intermediate step. If these steps do not lead to a satisfactory solution, the employee can approach the confidential advisor to discuss these problems in confidence. The tasks of the confidential advisor are primarily to support and supervise the employee in finding a solution themselves. The confidential advisor may intervene if necessary, but does not act as an authorized representative of or on behalf of the employee, nor as a mediator.

Last modified:07 December 2018 12.04 p.m.
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