Whistle-blowing In An Organization Pros and cons

 Introduction  Types  Characteristics  Areas of Whistle Blowing  Effects of Whistle Blowing  Risk Involved  Pros and Cons  Conclusion

Whistle blowing is…

‘Raising concerns about misconduct within an organization or within an independent structure associated with it'
(Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life)

‘Bringing an activity to a sharp conclusion as if by the blast of a whistle'
(Oxford English Dictionary)

(Chambers Dictionary)

Types Of Whistle Blowing
Internal Whistle Blowing The one who reports misconduct on his/her fellow employees or superiors within the company. Personal Whistle Blowing It is blowing the whistle on the offender, here the charge is not against the organization or system but against one individual.

External Whistle Blowing The one who reports misconduct on outside persons or entities.

Characteristics of a Whistleblower
 Altruistically Motivated  Utilitarian  Uninterested in Altering Their Behavior  Allows Own Attitudes and Beliefs to Guide Them  Often are Well Educated and Holds Professional Positions

Areas Of whistle blowing
Whistleblowers may make their allegations

Areas Of whistle blowing
The Subjects of Concern

Effects of Whistle-Blowing
    Forced to leave organization/demotion Credibility ruined Family, health, and/or life in jeopardy Outrage and divisiveness of people directly or indirectly involved. • Physical or psychological isolation • Organization experiences loss of money, restitution, productivity, and positive reputations. • Incarceration

When to Blow the Whistle
 Knowledge of inappropriateness
  

Making proprietary software available to public Back door/booby-trap in code Embezzlement or redirection of funds

 Bad claims
 

Unrealistic date projection Advertising hype

 Knowledge of impending doom

How to Blow the Whistle
 Do it anonymously

let the evidence speak for itself and protect yourself if possible charges have more weight and won’t seem like a personal vendetta. leave interpretation of facts to others. start with your immediate supervisor or follow the standard reporting procedure go public (biggest risk)

 Do it in a group

 Present just the evidence

 Work through internal channels

 Work through external channels

Risks involved in the process


Pros & Cons


• Moral Responsibility • Makes you a person of Integrity • It will help the company


• Public Safety

• Retaliation • Conflicts of interests • Diminishes trust in the work place • Risk to personal safety

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Here, whistleblower may have to risk dismissal and have to bring a claim against dismissal in the court of law which may take years to be heard. There are also no incentives provided at the moment, it is left to be seen if employees will nevertheless choose to make such disclosure out of moral obligation or to do it as their conscience dictates .

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