Whistleblower

Do you think it is a good idea to always tell the truth?

Proverbs 12:19 says, “Truthful words stand the test of time, but lies are soon exposed” (NLT). I think that integrity matters and given enough time, usually lies are discovered and when we lie, we eventually lose integrity. With that said, I admit I don’t think all truths must be told either. While I want to be assertive and speak my mind, I have to remember to ask myself if my words are going to be kind, true and useful before I say them. Life is complicated enough and some truths are better left unsaid because sometimes the truth isn’t beneficial and could even be harmful or destructive even if they are true.

Is there a difference between being a “team player” and a Whistleblower? When might the two be one in the same?

A team player would be considered someone who works and plays well with his or her team members and does what is best for the welfare of the team. A whistleblower is someone who exposes something unethical within a company or organization. So, really a team player can also be a whistleblower because if a company or a team member is doing something wrongful to the company or to someone, then the team player should step up and inform someone so the issue can be addressed. Hopefully, a company’s culture, values and ethics would allow for a system to point out when issues occur so employees feel safe to share concerns with upper management, feel part of a team, and not worry about losing their jobs.

When would you consider stepping up and confronting a boss who is demonstrating unethical conduct? What do you think will be the consequences?

I think it would depend on the type of situation because of the possibility of retaliation. Rae and Wong (2012) state that, “Those who play by the rules are clearly rewarded through praise, promotions, and pay increases. Non-team players are discouraged through threats of embarrassment, demotion, and the potential of being fired” (p. 488). While I hope most people make the choice to be ethical and lawful, if the conduct was harmful or illegal then it would be important to step up and report the situation. As I mentioned before, integrity matters and we should try to maintain our integrity even when those around us or supervise us are not.