A national survey has revealed that far from seeing it as disloyal, many Australians say it’s okay to dob their company in if they're doing wrong
It seems employees have had enough of being kept in the dark and are in favour of whistleblowing – a complete contrast to conventional wisdom. The research, conducted for Griffith and Melbourne Universities revealed that four in five Australians back measures to protest whistleblowers, with nearly nine in 10 people saying it’s fair to take whistleblowing information to the media as a last resort. The poll also stated that one in two Australians feel too much information is kept secret – with just a quarter of people believing the current level of secrecy at their firm was ‘about right’.
However, while it seems the majority of people are in favour of whistleblowing when necessary, few have the confidence that they’d be protected. Just under half (49 per cent) of people said the company they work for was serious about protecting whistleblowers, while only 55 per cent believed something would be done in such cases.