82% of employees within an SME would ‘whistleblow’ on their boss over illegal and unethical situations that happen in the workplace according to research carried out by the BSA | The Software Alliance.
The research also highlighted what employees would ‘whistleblow’ over;
Research also found that a shocking 1 in 10 of employees know about illegal and unethical behaviour taking place within their businesses.
38% of employees have admitted that they would inform someone more senior to the person at fault if they had done illegal or unethical things within the business – this covers things such as; using and downloading unlicensed software, theft within the company building, fraud, embezzlement, tax evasion and bullying, which is a highly ranked reason for employees to take actions further. During 2014 there was a 58% increase of employees ‘whistleblowing’ this produced a significant average of £42,000 to UK businesses.
In response to what would make them confess, 42% said they would because of moral obligations whilst only 7% admitted that they would to receive a financial reward!
During 2014, one SME alone had to pay out £200,000 due to using software which was not licensed according to BSA | The Software Alliance. In sectors such as; recruitment, the impact can increase as 56% of those who responded have said that they would be reluctant to apply for a job at the company where the business had been previously accused or found guilty of unethical behaviour.
Managing director at BSA EMEA, Sarah Coombes has commented;
“With more than four-fifths of workers willing to blow the whistle, SMEs need to review all of their business practices before it’s too late.
“Our research shows that employees aren’t willing to put up with any practices that break laws or put their ethics into question. Whether it’s company fraud of basic operational issues, such as using software that isn’t properly licensed, it’s clear that businesses are flouting the rules and one-in-ten employees admit to knowing that bad practices are going on in their organisation.”