WHISTLE BLOWING CULTURE IN AN ORGANIZATION 1
Whistleblowing Culture in an Organization
Anessential feature of whistle blowing is the disclosure ofillegitimate practices by the members of an organization to personswho may be in a position to take action. In this case, wrongdoingsare brought to the attention of the management by the employees. There are different attitudes to whistleblowing with those for itargue that it’s noble in that whistleblowers are ready to sacrificethemselves professionally for the greater good of the organizations.This is by avoidance of harmful, wasteful and fraudulent actions thatare going on in the organizations while those against argue thatwhistleblowers are malicious and they do that for their own selfishgains (Mesmer-Magnus& Viswesvaran, 2005).
Someof the cultures that discourage whistleblowing in an organizationinclude fear of retaliation and alienation from the peers, a lack oftrust in the internal system, unwillingness of employees to be‘blabbermouths’, misguided union solidarity and belief that themanagement is not held to the same standard. The reasons for thesebarriers are that the whistleblowers are not protected against theconsequences of whistle blowing which may affect their relations inthe organization.
Aproject manager should publicize the organizations commitment to aculture of openness and honesty as well as get endorsement from topmanagement in encouraging whistleblowing (Barnett,1992). The management may talk to the team about ethical behavior and createan open door policy for complaints.
Someof the techniques that the project manager may use for reportingviolations include formal mechanisms such as mailboxes and also clearcommunications on barriers and about the process of voicing concerns(Lachman,2008). Including these policies will help the project manager to report someof the problems that the team could be facing.
ThoughI have not worked for an organization that had internal inspectors orauditors before, having an internal control in an organization iscrucial because they serve as the first line of defense in violationsof law and fraud. Having internal auditors or inspector generals isimportant because they help in protection of the organizations assetsfrom fraud, increase integrity and reliability as well as ensurecompliance with laws and regulations in place.
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