You see a co-worker slipping a piece of merchandise into her purse, but you don’t say anything. Your boss asks you to add a number to an earnings report, and you know the number is wrong, but you don’t ask questions.
Most people can’t afford to lose their jobs, and speaking up about wrongdoing could mean getting fired. Even if you don’t get fired, your co-workers and bosses can go out of their way to make you miserable.
How can you bring workplace misdeeds to light without risking your job? There’s not always an easy answer. Even if you want to take the moral high road and report what’s happening at work, you have people at home who depend on your salary. Your heroism might land you on the front page of the newspaper, but it won’t pay for your groceries. You’ll have to balance the potential fallout from staying silent with what you could lose from speaking out.