I recently received a heart wrenching response to a recent ethics post of mine to my Linkedin in groups. Thought I’d share a few of excerpts of this response for your ethical reflection.
“I was a whistleblower up against one of the biggest sharks out there. I’m still in the process of writing a book educating people NOT TO BLOW THE WHISTLE. It entirely ruined my life and I lost everything .It is not worth losing your job, your home, your car, etc. I would never again in life speak up in fear of retaliation and go this all over again.”
What would you say to this person?
How does ethics make a difference here?
Research shows us that ethical behavior should be rewarded and unethical behavior be punished . What went wrong here?
What message has this sent to the rest of the employees? Don’t the leaders “get it?”
This puts into question the theory that doing the right thing, for the right reason, is a good thing , doesn’t it?
This “punishing the whistleblower” solution forces the all the employees to develop a “CYA” mentality which affects the workplace morale, customer service, etc.
Why don’t executives in this case” get it?” Do they really think “works?”
Just thought I’d share some of this person’s pain. Maybe we, in our organizations, can learn from this example, work to stop this type of reaction that clearly goes against any ethics training that I’m aware of, that’s for sure.
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