Before reporting internally or externally, think about why you are reporting and what you want to achieve.
It is also worth thinking about the personal consequences that may follow after reporting. In some cases, you may be attacked by the employer or other individuals involved who want to cover up the wrongdoing. By thinking through your strategy, you can also be better prepared for possible attacks – whether personal or legal.
Before filing a report, it is worth asking yourself:
- For what reasons am I reporting?
- What impact can whistleblowing have on my career?
- What can I be accused of?
- Have I done anything that can be used against me?
- Who do I have to convince that this information is accurate?
- What information do I need in order to convince people that I am telling the truth?
- Can I provide information about the case without directly accusing anyone?
- Are there people who would stand up for me and describe me as a trustworthy person?
- How to overcome all these obstacles?
Also, remember that health is the most important factor in dealing with any negative consequences that may follow after reporting. Anxiety and depression are common symptoms among employees who experience retaliation, harassment or discrimination after reporting. Many whistleblowers also find it difficult to carry on with their daily lives due to pressure and attitudes from colleagues or management. Therefore, if necessary, seek appropriate help.