While you may want to blow the whistle on wrongdoing in your company, it has the possibility to change and alter many aspects of your life.
However, there are steps you can take to minimize the potential impact of whistleblowing on your life.
Decide if you want to go public
The Office of the Whistleblower Ombuds discusses tips for getting through whistleblowing. First, decide whether or not you want to go public with your accusations. If you remain anonymous, understand that the possibility exists that your identity may still be leaked to the public anyway, and this is a risk you must consider.
Next, create a paper trail. Document the developments and facts that relate to the specific wrongdoing you want to blow the whistle on. Include detailed information in your notes as well, like the exact witnesses, or the exact times and dates of any incidents. The earlier you start with your documentation, the more evidence you can provide when and if you are asked for it.
Finally, try to get the support that you can. This is an enormous task and a big weight to take upon your shoulders. It helps to have someone in the company on your side. It also helps to have a therapist that you can speak to, or someone to teach you potential stress reduction techniques to help you through this time.
Blowing the whistle can be a scary, difficult, but ultimately rewarding decision to make. By taking some of these steps, you can make it even easier on yourself.