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Employee perceptions regarding whistle-blowing in the workplace: A South African perspective

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Author(s): Sandra Perks | Elroy E. Smith

Journal: South African Journal of Human Resource Management
ISSN 1683-7584

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 15;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Ethical behaviour | Internal policies | Communication channels | Whistle blowing | Wrongdoing.

ABSTRACT
The purpose of whistle-blowing is to eradicate unethical behaviour in the work place. This article investigates the perceptions of South African employees (n=387) employed in medium and large organisations regarding whistle-blowing. Respondents regard personal viewpoints and the supportive organisational environment as determining factors for whistle-blowing. South African employees have faced minimal negative consequences and will again engage in whistle-blowing, regardless of union support. Organisations can create a whistle-blowing culture by having a personal code of ethics, using hotlines, having an ethical committee, engaging in periodic ethics training and doing an annual ethical audit.
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