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Examining the pros and cons of becoming a whistleblower

If your Texas employer is engaged in wrongdoing, you might feel responsible for exposing what is happening. If you do this, you’ll become what is known as a “whistleblower.” While this may be the moral thing to do, you may face repercussions from your employer and co-workers. In addition, you might find that nothing changes even after “blowing the whistle,” which can be disheartening.

Becoming a whistleblower isn’t easy

It can be challenging to become a whistleblower. Choosing to report the bad actions of a company may be the right course to take. However, you may risk being fired, demoted or feel like quitting due to the stress you’ll be subjected to when you take this action.

Seeking justice

There can be many circumstances associated with whistleblowing. You may be part of the process or see other employees or supervisors engaging in damaging or illegal practices. Inevitably, if you know it’s the right thing to expose the corruption, you’ll need to uncover the abuse to try and prevent further wrongdoing from occurring. Choosing this option can help prevent the next scandal or significant problem.

Little evidence shows that whistleblowing is effective

Unfortunately, when an employee speaks out and becomes a whistleblower, it may not lead to change . To combat this situation, it may help to create corporate work councils, which are used in France and Germany. An elected employee representative receives a say in key corporate decisions with them.

Whistleblowing can stop corruption from occurring and help avert deeper problems. While it can be challenging to be an employee who calls out misbehavior, the abuse will continue if you don’t take action. Hopefully, in the future, there will be policies that make coming forward and exposing the problem easier.