WrittenSummary Week 2
"TheUnexpected Cost of Staying Silent"
Thearticle expounds on reasons why many people regrets and pay the costof remaining silent than whistle blowing in the event of wrong doingswithin organizations. According to the study conducted by IMAresearch, most employees prefer to remain silent than reportunethical behaviors among employees.in the modern world, more crimeshave been perpetrated within organizations but only substantialnumber are reported. This is despite detection efforts put in placeto encourage employees report wrong doings within organization (Kehoe33).Several cases of unethical behaviors go unreported and thiscontributes to significant damage to the organizations.
Accordingto IMA research recorded in table two, several instances ofunreported wrong doing that lead to great regrets have beenexhibited. One reason that could be attributed to great regret fornot reporting is that, the witnessing employee might fear job loss orretaliation from the offender (Fredin2).In most cases, if the perpetrator of wrong doing is senior to thewitnessing employee, one might be forced to remain silent to avoidvictimization or be incriminated. Employees would regret more if theyremained quiet and think that someone else would report (Kehoe25).This is a major negligence and might adversely affect the employee.At other times, employees might dismiss a wrong doing asinsignificant and this might create a big problem which would makethe employee regret more for not reporting(Kehoe 53).
However,on the other hand, employees may find no regrets of remaining silentif the wrongs perpetrated did not have significant effect on thecompany. In some other instances, due to lack of enough proof ormeans of investigating the matter further may influence the employeeto remain silent rather than engage in a losing battle withoutsupporting evidence (Fredin3).Furthermore, if one has intention of leaving the company in thefuture, one may decide to remain silent as this may not affect him orher. Remaining silent has adverse effects on employees and theorganization in the event of unethical behavior by some staffs.However, there are effects associated with reporting and remainingsilent. Most employees opt to remain silent rather than risk theircareer but in the long run they live in regret for having knowledgethat some individuals are enriching themselves with organizationassets(Fredin 4).
FredinAmy. “TheUnexpected Cost of StayingSilent.” IMA Research. 2012.
KehoeWilliam J. “Business Ethics 13/14, Annual Editions,” 25thEdition. United Kingdom: McGraw-Hill Press. 2013.