Consider some disturbing headlines;
- 42% of respondents described their companies as having a 'weak ethics culture'
- 45% have witnessed misconduct. And we are not talking about pinching the odd pen
- 13% Health & Safety violations
- 12% Stealing
- 11% Sexual Harrassment
- 11% Substance abuse
- 65% reported the misconduct
- 22% suffered retribution as a result, including;
- 64% excluded from decisions or work activity by supervisor or manager
- 62% verbal abuse by supervisor or manager
- 55% not given promotion or pay rise
- 32% demoted
- 31% experienced physical harm to self or property
- 29% harrassed at home
So we have two worlds; the significant number of wrongdoers on one side and a substantial number of people who are outraged by it and will act to denounce it, regardless of the very real consequences.
Although this survey was conducted in the USA I very much doubt that things are much different in the UK. It is not news that whistleblowers often suffer for their ethical stand but I am cheered to learn that nearly 80% did not suffer consequences.