Pros & cons of whistleblowing

Updated April 17, 2017

Whistle-blowing occurs when a person speaks up about an illegal activity or injustice to an executive within an organisation or directly to the media. Whistle-blowers are responsible for exposing illegal activities each year. One of the most notable in history was former President Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal. However not all whistle-blowing claims are true, so investigations are needed to verify the claims.

Pro: You're Doing The Right Thing

You are doing the right thing by bringing this injustice into the light. The person or organisation that is breaking the law or engaging in unethical behaviour needs to be held accountable for these actions, so blowing the whistle forces them to accept responsibility.

Con: You May Be Fired

If you become a whistle-blower, you can be fired. What you say may be so damaging that you will no longer be a good representative of the company. The termination could be immediate once you confront the executive or alert the media. The termination could also happen a bit later once the word has got out, or evidence is present to verify your claim.

Pro: It Will Help The Company

By alerting upper management of a problem, the situation can be corrected, and you can help create a better company. If you alert the media, you are forcing the company to be accountable for its actions. The company will ultimately be better.

Con: Loss Of Trust

If you blow the whistle, it's like being a tattletale. No one likes a tattletale, and very few people will trust someone they consider to be one. You may lose the trust of co-workers, bosses and even family or friends.

Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Jeffrey Brian is a professional writer specializing in fishing topics. He also uses his real estate training, sales abilities and general life knowledge to tackle a variety of other subjects.