WASHINGTON, D.C., May 16, 2022 â According to the new âWhistleBlower Security US Reportâ released today, 41 per cent or 64 million working Americans are aware of wrongdoing committed at their place of work and of those, 78 per cent say they are likely to blow the whistle. The top three types of organizational wrongdoing witness by employees are discrimination (38 per cent), health and safety violations (38 per cent), and sexual harassment (36 per cent). The March 2022 research findings were released by WhistleBlower Security Inc. at the 17th annual Compliance Week conference in Washington, D.C. WhistleBlower Security Inc. is a global provider of ethics reporting services and the research was conducted on the Angus Reid Forum with 1,012 employed Americans.
âIt seems like Americans are done tolerating workplace wrongdoing with 92 per cent saying employees should speak up if they witness it,â says Shannon Walker, Founder and President, WhistleBlower Security Inc. The âWhistleBlower Security US Reportâ found employees are most likely to report wrongdoing if it affects their colleagues (93 per cent), followed by customers (90 per cent), the leadership team (88 per cent) and the environment (85 per cent).
âFollowing multiple high-profile whistleblowing events in business, sport and politics, American employees seem especially skeptical these days,â adds Walker. âIn the âWhistleBlower Security US Reportâ we found that 89 per cent of American employees believe their employers use unethical or illegal practices that only employees know about and as such, almost all working Americans (94 per cent) say employers should put safeguards in place to protect employees. If they donât, a full third (32 per cent) believe the organization âprobably has something to hideâ.â As well, if a whistleblower hotline is not available to employees, nearly half (46 per cent) will make their concerns public by sharing them with friends/family (21 per cent), industry officials (14 per cent), lawyers (9 per cent), media (5 per cent), and social media (5 per cent).
The âWhistleBlower Security US Reportâ also examined the beliefs of 18- to 34-year-old employees and according to Walker, they âsee more, fear more and tell moreâ as compared to their older colleagues. The younger set sees more wrongdoing, especially when working from home during Covid, has greater fears of retaliation if they blow the whistle and on average tells twice as many people about their workplace concerns and are three times more likely to share them on social media.