Corruption and fraud have dire consequences to more than just the guilty parties. Thousands of jobs may be on the line when a company goes under because of such cases, which is why it is important to watch and speak out against the vice. Blowing the whistle may be a noble quest, but it is important to proceed carefully and fully safeguard your rights.
Every whistleblower likely has some hesitations before blowing the lid with concerns primarily based on the consequences of their actions. Below, we take a look at commonly held myths about whistleblowing.
- You have to sacrifice your career to do it. There are laws in place that exist to protect you as a whistleblower. Retaliation by your employer is unlawful, and many whistleblowers continue to thrive in their professional careers.
- It’s only about the money. While there are potential awards that may come your way, whistleblowing is not necessarily motivated by money. In fact, not all whistleblowers are awarded. The monetary awards exist only as a safety net in case the whistleblower chooses to leave their job.
- Whistleblowing is a disloyal act. The truth is that as a whistleblower, you uphold your organization’s values and seek to protect them at all costs. If anything, it indicates unquestionable integrity, which is a desirable trait at the workplace.
- You have to go public. You may choose to blow the whistle anonymously, although this depends on individual cases. In some circumstances, going public may be in the best interests of transparency, and even if you do, the law will protect you.
- You must have firsthand knowledge. It all rests on the credibility of the information you provide. Secondhand information may be less biased and hence more valuable. You don’t necessarily need firsthand information to be a whistleblower.
Every case is different, and it is essential to know how to proceed before blowing the whistle. It may be worthwhile to understand the intricacies of your case before settling on the way forward to ensure a desirable outcome for you and your organization.