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How to Blow the Whistle Let’s assume that you’re dealing with a serious issue, you’ve assembled the facts, they’re accurate to the best of your knowledge, you’ve asked your peers or your manager for advice, and there’s a law or company policy about to be violated, or one of the other triggers discussed earlier indicates a serious problem. Now what? 1. Approach Your Immediate Manager First. If your manager tells you to ignore a situation or belittles your concern, approach him or her again. The second time you approach your manager, you may want to write a memo and spell out your concerns in black and white so it’s more difficult for your manager to ignore or dismiss them. Writing a memo is frequently enough to convince your manager that this is serious, and so you’ll get a more favorable response. You should also do some soul searching to make sure your decision to pursue this issue is an objective one, and not based in any feeling of revenge you might have for your manager, coworkers, or company. This is also a good time to rehearse out loud and to others (maybe a trusted coworker, your parents, or your spouse) what you want to say. Also, you should find out exactly how your company wants issues raised and if there is a special process for doing it. If there is, follow the process to the letter. 2. Discuss the Issue with Your Family . Since any whistle-blowing activity can affect your family as well as yourself, it’s imperative that they know what’s going on. It’s also the time to document your activities. Obtain copies of correspondence that relate to the issue and any memos you’ve written in an attempt to alert management. Keep a diary to track activities related to the issue and describe any conversations you’ve had concerning the issue. 3. Take It to the Next Level . If you receive no satisfaction from your manager, it’s time to go to the next level of management. The most diplomatic way of going around your manager is to say to your manager something like, ‘I feel so strongly about this that I’d like a meeting with you and your manager to discuss it.’’ The positive aspect of asking your manager to go with you to the next level is that he or she will be less likely to feel betrayed, and you’ll appear to be a team player. The negative aspect is that your manager may forbid you to approach his or her manager. If that happens, or if you’re still not satisfied after meeting with the next level of management, you’ll need to consider going outside your chain of command. 4. Contact Your Company’s Ethics Officer or Ombudsman . Find out if your state has any special legislation regarding whistle-blowing. Your state may have legislative protection for
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whistle-blowers, but it may require you to follow certain procedures to protect yourself.20 You may choose to go to these officials first, especially if your manager is part of the problem. As a result of the U.S. Federal Sentencing Commission Guidelines (see Chapter 6) and Sarbanes-
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course ECON 101 taught by Professor Adam during the Three '11 term at University of Technology, Sydney.

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