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When an employee believes his or her employer has done something that is wrong or harmful to the public, and he or she reports alleged organizational misconduct to the media, government, or high-level company officials, whistleblowing has occurred (Lawrence & Weber, 2020). Whistleblowing is exactly as ethical as the practices it exposes are unethical (Andreski, 2020). Unethical behavior and actions are unacceptable practices in the workplace. It places everyone at risk financially, emotionally, and spiritually. It causes a hostile work environment, and every organization must have the process and barriers that mitigate such behaviors. If the organization chooses to ignore unethical behaviors, Whistleblowing will be the least of their worries. The most common whistleblower cases involve employees reporting corruption, racial discrimination, sexual harassment, and fraud (Olsen Law Offices, 2021). These are the justified cases where the individual that reported the misconduct. These cases are just a few examples that cannot exist in an organization and if allowed to continue, I do not believe the organization will last. Multiple lawsuits and fines will be the result. I would not be surprised if top management would be subjected to criminal prosecution if proven that they had the knowledge and chose to ignore it.
Whistleblowing often causes significant disruption within an organization. In one way or another, the organization is likely to lose control of its affairs as it is subjected to external inquiries and constraints (Kleinig, 2019). It is a protected activity that cannot be retaliated against and the individual is not punished in any way shape or form for coming forward. Whistleblowing must not be mistaken for grievances. To be covered by whistleblowing law, a worker who makes a disclosure must reasonably believe two things. The first is that they are acting in the public interest. This means that personal grievances and complaints are not usually covered by whistleblowing law. The second thing that a worker must reasonably believe is that the disclosure tends to show past, present or likely future wrongdoing (OGL, 2015). It is the responsibility of the decision-makers or senior management to ensure that everyone is treated with dignity and respect. Proper training and education in human resource management must be on the “to do” list of every manager/supervisor. Having an environment in the workplace where questions and concerns are immediately addressed, and harassment, intimidation, and retaliation are non-existent, whistleblowing and grievances will not occur in the organization. Treat everyone as you want to be treated. Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the King (New King James Version, 1611/2021, 1 Peter 2:17).
Andreski, L. (2020). Ethics in the workplace: whistleblowing and transparency. https:// J. (2019). Whistleblower. Encyclopedia Britannica. https:// A. & Weber, J. (2020). Business and Society. Stakeholders, Ethics, Public Policy, 16th Edition, Mc Graw Hill Education. Chapter 15, p. 346.
New King James Version. (2021). New King James Version Online. https:// work published in 1611).
OGL. (2015). What is whistleblowing? https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/415175/bis-15-200-whistleblowing-guidance-for-employers-and-code-of-practice.pdf
Olsen Law Offices. (2021). Whistleblower Examples Include Employees Who Report Corruption, Discrimination, Harassment, and Fraud. https:// Discussion 2:
Discuss why a business may wish to get involved in community relations. What benefits accrue to business that actively participate in their communities?
“Whether a business is small or large, local, or global, its relationship with the community or communities with which it interacts is one of mutual interdependence (Lawernce, 2020).” Community relations can progress a company’s standing and image within the community and stakeholders. This is paramount regarding continuing operations, the possibility of growth and better sales. Community relations can also assist in building and maintaining stakeholder relationships, developing support and allegiances during difficult economic . “Executives in socially responsible companies consider not only the intertest of their core stakeholders but also the interests of all the stakeholders.”
A company involved in community relations get acknowledgement by the community. This acknowledgement helps build an ethical business reputation. “Reputation refers to desirable or undesirable qualities associated with an organization or its actor that may influence the organization’s relationships with its stakeholders.” When a company is more in touch with its community, employees, and stakeholders, it is easier to identify and act regarding new trends and opportunities. These functions provide companies with mechanisms through which to engage and manage their relationships with key stakeholder groups, share development benefits and protect business interests (De Weger et al., 2018). Companies can generate new ideas, sales and leads through community relations networking. Consumers will turn away from a company if they suspect that the company is engaging in unethical labor practices such as treating employees unfairly or operating sweatshops.
Consumers are not the only ones drawn to busines who is practicing corporate social responsibility. Top-talent employees are also drawn to a socially responsible company. Companies that have an enduring responsibility to the community are easily able to hire and retain employees. Employees would rather go to work for a company that they feel makes a difference, as this affects the employee’s overall happiness. “In future, customers as well as employees would want to be associated with environmentally and socially responsible corporations.” Happy employees lead to a higher motivation and increased production. This encourages loyalty among employees, who also have a chance to increase knowledge and skills (Hussinki et al., 2018).
When a company makes a commitment to the community part of its core strategy, it not only helps retain and attract employees, but it also positions itself positively amongst its consumers. This affect can lead to long-term success and sustainability. One example of a company who has taken massive steps in community activity is British Petroleum in Colombia. In 1996, the company committed $10 million dollars to the region, setting up loan funds for entrepreneurs, giving students technical training, supporting a center for pregnant women, and nursing mothers, building aqueducts, and helping to create jobs outside the oil industry. Lastly, in one survey, 82% of consumers in the United States consider corporate responsibility when deciding what services and products to buy and where (Rupley, 2017).
In thinking about the biblical aspect of business and community engagement 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NIV comes to mind. It reminds us to remember that “whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” As Christians and followers of Christ, we are to be charitable, we also to be caretakers of our fellow man.
De Weger, E., Van Vooren, N., Luijkx, K. G., Baan, C. A., & Drewes, H. W. (2018). Achieving successful community engagement: A rapid realist review. BMC Health Services Research, 18(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-018-3090-1
Hussinki, H., Kianto, A., Vanhala, M., & Ritala, P. (2018). Happy employees make happy customers: The role of intellectual capital in supporting sustainable value creation in organizations. Intellectual Capital Management as a Driver of Sustainability, 101–117. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-79051-0_6
Lawrence , A. T., & Weber , J. (2020). Business and Society: Stakeholder, Ethics, Public Policy (16th ed.). McGraw Hill Education .
Rupley, K. H., Brown, D., & Marshall, S. (2017). Evolution of corporate reporting: From stand-alone corporate social responsibility reporting to Integrated Reporting. Research in Accounting Regulation, 29(2), 172–176. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.racreg.2017.09.010