Disadvantages Of Whistleblowing

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Should whistleblowing be encouraged or discouraged in organisations? This essay will serve to provide a definition for whistleblowing whilst also touching on the advantages and disadvantages. In doing so it will be clear as to why whistleblowing should be encouraged in organisations. Whistleblowing has traditionally been defined as the act of bringing an organizations illegal and immoral actions to light by a member of the organisations (Greenberg, 2011; Miceli, Near, Dworkin & Miceli, 2008). It is also a method of defending rights, safe-guarding interests and justice as well as righting wrongs (Berry, 2004). According to Bjørkelo et al. (2011), whistleblowing can further refer to an organizational social regulation apparatus in that it provides a means for employees to hold one another accountable for abiding by not only the organization’s moral and legal code but also society’s. Channels of whistleblowing can be both internal (within the organizations) or external (media platforms such as newspapers), usually if nothing is resolved at an internal level it is then taken to external channels (Miceli, Near, Dworkin & Miceli, 2008).…show more content…
Berry (2014) provides a similar explanation in claiming that employees crave consistency with their organizations moral ethics and their own personal ones. If there is a clash in these value’s the the employee’s organizational commitment and loyalty to the organization will be low. Whistleblowing is therefore seen as a clash between one’s organizational loyalty and one’s loyalty to society (Andrade,
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