Start-up helps worried staff find strength in numbers

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  • Retail
Initial complaints by two members of staff eventually led to a petition circulated among employees Initial complaints by two members of staff eventually led to a petition circulated among employees

When Ted Baker staff decided to complain about alleged harassment, there were no clandestine meetings in back rooms or broom cupboards. Instead, there were online tools built by a tiny start-up that encourages employees to push for better workplaces.

Organise UK, based in an east London technology incubator, surveys employees anonymously and helps them to set up campaigns based on the data it collects. The start-up was incorporated only 18 months ago after receiving investment from Bethnal Green Ventures, a venture capital fund. It now runs on donations.

After misconduct allegations against Sir Philip Green, the retail tycoon, were made public in October, Organise ran a survey about harassment among its 45,000 members. Two Ted Baker employees raised concerns.

“It started with two Ted Baker…

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  • Retail