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Personally, I'd take the flak and go for speed over anonymity. But I've always had a good rapport with HR and at this point, I'm a manager... so that may bias me. I'd go in this order: direct supervisor Human resource representative plant safety (if there is such a thing?) escalating chain of management Depending on who is easily accessible and who ...
Remember that you can always claim an anonymous tip after the fact, but you cannot remove your name from it once given. IT's safer to do things anonymously, and be willing to put your name on it later if need be (as in, you report an exec for misconduct, HR wishes to press charges, but have no actual witnesses/evidence).
There are a few things that affect the decision you choose Is the problem something you want to simply report and say you've done your duty, or is it something where you want to be sure action is taken? If you're reporting just because you feel it is the "right" thing to do, then an anonymous tip is a good way to do so without getting involved in the ...
With something like theft from the company, I'd use a payphone from outside the building to report anonymously to HR. Even though every large company I've worked for has had a stated policy of not harassing whistleblowers, I'd never want to test that policy by letting the reporting get traced back to me. The fact that a company WANTS to do the right thing ...
There are times where reporting anonymously is not possible or the best course of action. If you are reporting problems with financial numbers or criminal activity then you should do so in a way that it is documented that you are bringing the problem forward. This is to protect yourself. There have been several cases where the person reported it ended up ...
Most big companies have an anonymous 3rd party managed whistleblower phone number and/or email address. If that exists, I would use it. If it doesn't, I would determine how important it is to me. Stealing office supplies is petty and not worth the trouble. Cooking the books is. I would report those directly, after updating my resume.
Send an anonymous note to HR. There is all kinds of liability here. If it's anonymous, you won't have to deal with follow-up stuff, nobody will wait for you by your car after work with their baseball bats, and the company can deal with its liability issue. If HR doesn't find cause to fire the guy/gal, then you've done your part and can sleep at night.
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