Workers in the UK most likely to be whistleblowers, study suggests

Workers in the UK most likely to be whistleblowers, study suggests

British workers are the most likely in Europe to ‘blow the whistle’ on bad workplace practices, a new study has revealed.

According to research carried out by software firm BSA, approximately 82 per cent of UK workers have either previously reported unethical or unlawful business practices, or would be willing to do so if they encountered such behaviour in the near future.

The study – which quizzed more than 12,000 workers living in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and Poland – found that in contrast, European workers would not be quite so keen to ‘blow the whistle’ on their bosses.

On average, only 74 per cent of workers from elsewhere in Europe would sound the alarm – suggesting that British workers are ten per cent more likely to become so-called ‘whistleblowers’ than their European counterparts.

Workers were asked to cite the key malpractices which would inspire them to ‘blow the whistle’.

Workplace bullying, discrimination and business fraud ranked joint-highest, with 73 per cent of workers adamant that they would report such practices.

These were closely followed by theft of company property (61 per cent), embezzlement (58 per cent), and failures to meet industry or sector regulations (44 per cent).

A further 34 per cent added that they would also report unethical IT practices, such as the use of counterfeit or unlicensed software and computer programs.