Lecture 08 - Whistleblowing Whistleblowing is......

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Unformatted text preview: Whistleblowing Whistleblowing is... "the deliberate, voluntary disclosure of individual or organisational malpractice by a person who has or had privileged access to data, events or information about an actual, suspected or anticipated wrongdoing within or by an organisation that is within its ability to control. The disclosure may be internal or external and may or may not enter the public record " [32]. The ethical dilemma... obligation to keep employer/client information confidential vs. duty to consider welfare of public as paramount Reasons for Whistleblowing positive duty to public personal morality (e.g. honesty) maintain standards support for victim of crime defensive do not want to be associated with a crime negative punishment vindictiveness [33] Knowing When to "Blow the Whistle" When MAY you blow the whistle and when are you OBLIGATED to blow the whistle? Conditions for Whistleblowing there must be a need blow whistle on important issues only you must be closely involved firsthand knowledge is essential must have expertise in area of wrongdoing you must have a good chance of success not obligated to risk your career, health, family, etc. whistleblowing is the last resort explore all other options first find someone else in a better position to blow the whistle [26] Examples of Whistleblowing Challenger Disaster ~ Roger Boisjoly ~ Impact on Whistleblower loss of employment financial consequences loss of income legal fees time health/illness PTSD depression attempted suicide friends and family loss of friendship divorce The Voice of Experience ~ Robert Sprague ~ [34] Responsible Whistleblowing RULES: 1. Consider alternative explanations. 2. Ask questions. Do not make charges. 3. Find documentation to support your concern(s). 4. Separate personal and professional concerns. 5. Assess your goals. 6. Seek advice and listen to it. [35] Responsible Whistleblowing STEPS: 1. Talk to someone you trust. 2. Listen to that person. 3. Get a second opinion and listen to that, too. 4. Seek strength in numbers. 5. File charges in the right place. 6. Report your concerns. 7. Ask questions, take good notes. 8. Have patience! [35] PEO Reporting Process deal with issues internally with employer or client report to PEO's Office of the Registrar your name name(s) of employer/client detailed description of concern Office of the Registrar confirms situation if danger to public exists, Office of the Registrar will: report situation to authorities seek extra information from independent engineers request client to remedy the situation follow up to confirm problem has been resolved see: "A Professional Engineer's Duty to Report" (a public information guide published by From the Other Side seek to minimize need for employee(s) to blow the whistle it is impossible to eliminate all wrongdoing typical approaches intimidation, termination must have: strong corporate ethics culture...at all levels good communication...at all levels employees must be able to access managers management should be willing to admit mistakes [26] Coming Next... Professional Misconduct ...
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