When it comes to integrity everyone wants to be associated with it both professionally and personally we all want to be known in society as a good person. The problem however arises when these to worlds collide. When witnessing something unethical in the workplace which has a negative impact on the institution it our duty to report such behaviour. However some of us may find this difficult to do not because we are bad people or that we have bad morals but simply because we are afraid of the consequences once we set that ball rolling. Often times in the public eye one is seen as a “hero” for doing the right thing but in the institution one may work at you are seen as a traitor and disloyal by some colleagues and sometimes labelled as a trouble maker. It is this very reason that causes some to do nothing which is just as bad as the person doing the unethical deed and unfortunately fear of isolation and rejection often control our actions.
Perks and smith, (2007). Employee perceptions regarding whistle-blowing in the workplace: A South African perspective