Last month, we had 7 resignations from a single team, all at once. Its strange since ours is a small company. The rumour was that their manager was yelling at them, treating the women, in particular badly. None of the employees said anything at the time of resignation.
Rumour is that more people are going to resign. What should we do? Can there be some immediate steps that can control the situation?
As a first step, I recommend that you confirm the rumours by having a fact-finding team in place. Ask them to look through various forms of evidence to confirm if the rumours you have heard are true. This could include:
a. CCTV footage
b. Check with people in the team in a discrete manner
c. Monitor chat messages from the computer
d. General observations on the floor, while supervising
If the evidence does come back positive, you can encourage employees or ex-employees to report the issue. The reason for investigating first, is to confirm the rumour and give confidence to the ex-employee to come forward and raise a complaint.
In the absence of a willing complainant, as an HR Person, you can also raise a complaint as a witness. The IC will need to investigate and give recommendations.
Hope you are able to turn the situation around quickly.