More than four in five (82%) of people working for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK would whistleblow on their bosses over illegal or unethical practices in the workplace, according to new research.
BSA | The Software Alliance found that workers were most likely to blow the whistle on bullying (73%), fraud (70%), theft of company property (61%), embezzlement (58%), tax evasion (45%) and failure to meet industry standards (44%).
One in ten also revealed that they are currently aware of illegal or unethical practices happening in their organisations.
In addition, over a third of workers (38%) state that they would report illegal or unethical IT practices, such as using or downloading unlicensed or counterfeit software. BSA, which encourages people to blow the whistle on unlicensed software use in the workplace offers rewards which results in a legal settlement. Last year it saw a 58% increase in whistleblower reports from disgruntled employees in the UK, which led to cost UK companies, on average £42,000.
When asked what would prompt them to blow the whistle on their employers, 42% of survey respondents claim they would do it due to moral obligations while only 7% openly say for a financial reward.
Apathy towards whistleblowers