Whistleblowers – Session 5

Tressie LeBlanc

 Whistleblower  or  Teamplayer 

 

 Do you think it is a good idea to always tell the truth?  My grandmother use to say “Honesty is the best policy”.  I’ve always tried to live by that knowing that we are told to be truthful and I believe honesty and integrity walk hand in hand with that.  Another of her sayings was that “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember which lie you told to whom.”  Basically she was telling me that when you lie, it just continues to grow like a spider’s web.  We see that with many today especially in the political areana.

Psalm 51:6Surely you desire truth in the inner parts; you teach me wisdom in the inmost place.

Hebrews 13:18Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

1John 5:6 “And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth”

Because we have the Spirit of God dwelling in us it should be against our very (new nature) to be dishonest.  However being human we have to often fight our old sin nature.

Is there a difference between being a “team player” and a Whistleblower? When might the two be one in the same?  I guess that there could be a difference under certain circumstances.  But I think when it comes to health or safety issues then they are the same.  A team player can be defined as someone who puts aside his/her personal goals and works well with others, doing what he needs to do to strive for a common goal.  If the common goal is the health safety and welfare of employees, customers, and stakeholders then I would say that they are one in the same.

When would you consider stepping up and confronting a boss who is demonstrating unethical conduct? What do you think will be the consequences?  Over the years I have been blessed with honest bosses.  I have not had to think about this but I know that it there was an issue concerning moral behavior or the safety of myself and my co-workers I would have to take a stand.  Depending on the person, I could be fired or perhaps God would use me to help them see where they were being unethical.  Sometimes even if we are fired, we do not know if God has used us in some way through that experience.

I think that the federal employees and others who expose the problems and waste in either the government or corporations are doing a great service to us the taxpayers.   Without them bravely stepping forward, many times at personal/professional risk we would not be spared the burdens they reveal.

Reference

Davidson, J. (2012, September 28). House approves federal whistleblower protections. Retrieved from The Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/post/house-approves-federal-whistleblower-protections/2012/09/28/ac7b72a4-099c-11e2-afff-d6c7f20a83bf_blog.html

Rae, S. B., & Wong, K. L. (2012). Beyond integrity: A Judeo-Christian approach to business ethics. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Scharfenberg, C. (2007). Federal “whistleblower” protection system is anything but. Center for Investigative Reporting.

 

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  1. Jen Ruzicka says:

    Several years ago, I was asked to join a local non-profit as their Development Director. The Executive Director has been there for over 30 years and it didn’t take long for me to see that there was a definite “good ole boys club” mentality.

    After several months, I suspected that there was very blatant misappropriation of funds in several departments. Initially, I met with one Board Member who I thought I could trust. before long, I was placed on leave and eventually asked to resign.

    I was so angry. I didn’t understand why doing the right thing would be looked down upon. I felt as though I had lost my job, reputation, and even respect in the community. I had always felt as though I was a good Christian, so why would being honest be such a bad thing?

    A year later, the Executive Director resigned amongst accusations of financial mishandling and one employee was facing a decade in prison. Yet, even after all this, I never received a thank you, “you were right”, sorry….Ill never fully understand but, at least I know that something was done for the organization.

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