An HR Glossary for HR Terms


What is Whistieblower?

A whistleblower is an individual who exposes misconduct, fraud, or unethical behavior taking place within their organization. They draw public attention to the wrongdoings of the company, typically by reporting to a supervisor, manager, or higher authorities. Depending on the individual, a whistleblower can choose to stay anonymous or identify themselves.

What kind of issues can be reported by a whistleblower?

A whistleblower can report a wide range of concerns, including but not limited to:

  • Financial fraud
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Safety violations
  • Insider trading

It is essential that employees are aware of the channels available to them for reporting such matters. This can be a designated hotline, an anonymous reporting system, or direct communication with a designated person in the organization.

What are the benefits of whistleblowing?

  • Exposes wrongdoing, which can lead to corrective actions
  • Prevents potential harm to employers, consumers, or the environment
  • Reminds leaders on the importance of integrity and ethical conduct
  • Holds organizations accountable for their actions 
  • Promotes an open and transparent culture

What are the repercussions of whistleblowing?

  • Possible retaliation from employers, including harassment, demotion, termination, or other adverse employment actions
  • An emotional toll that comes from personal stress, damage to reputation, and strained professional relationships
  • Increased chances of isolation, as colleagues or superiors may distance themselves due to fear of association with the reported issue.
  • Possibility of being sued by the organization

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