Corporate whistleblowing is an employee making public the wrongdoings of an employer. Bringing to light the dark side of a corporation is something the government has always supported. It, therefore, offers protections to and fresh incentives for whistleblowers.
Reporting wrongdoing at work isn’t that easy. It requires courage and honesty for an individual to not unsee something wrong and talk about it in the public. Most people hold themselves back for the repercussions there are to corporate whistleblowing. And there are other strong-minded people who decide to bite the bullet regardless. Here are some of the benefits of becoming a corporate whistleblower.
Personal Honor Restored
Most whistleblowers are driven by personal honor. They easily get disturbed or offended by other people’s illegal acts, and cannot just turn away. Not doing anything about those things could stress them out, with some not being able to sleep properly at night. Also, most whistleblowers exposing corporate misconduct come out in the open due to the lukewarm response they received from their managers to their complaints. A whistleblower is usually not satisfied with having shared the information with another person; he/she would not rest until something concrete has been done by the concerned authorities about the issue raised.
Other Honest People Would Get Encouraged
When you stand up against a wrong deed, other honest people, who were hiding in their closets, may gather the courage to publicly share their unique tales of wrongdoings too. And when the original whistleblower wins the case against his/her employer in the court, other honest people feel empowered and safe. Not to mention, the wrongdoers getting punished or being shown the door would be reassuring, to say the least.
New Relationships May Form
When you speak the truth and stand against what’s wrong, quite a few people would be impressed by your actions and would gravitate toward you. This is provided you win the case against your employer. At home, your spouse would be proud of you and stand with you throughout all the things you go through after the whistleblowing act. Kids would appreciate your honesty too and would start seeing you as a hero. If the kids are not too young, it’s important you share your whistleblowing plans with your family before you actually blow the whistle. The family, this way, would be in the know and would also guide you on certain things, if needed.
You Have the Law on Your Side
Getting the lawsuit to conclude can take some time. But if you’re in the right, you are most certain to win the court battle. Also, the law books bestow a special status upon whistleblowers. Legislators have made significant efforts in the past to accommodate and encourage whistleblowing, punish individuals who mitigate whistleblowing, and reward the whistleblower financially. Some of the laws have been around for decades; and there are new laws being erected to further protect a whistleblower’s interests. Regardless of how new or old the law is, all these laws propagate just one thing – which is encouraging and protecting whistleblowers. And the courts abide by these laws seriously.