Should I raise a Concern?

If you have a concern relating to wrongdoing in your workplace, the safe and right thing to do is raise it. You do not need absolute proof but there must be a basis for your suspicion. Consider the consequences if your concern proves to be well founded and you do not raise it.

For example: If your concern relates to a health and safety issue, could someone be killed or badly injured if you decide to do nothing? If your concern is about suspected fraud, could your employer go bankrupt, resulting in job losses? If you concern is about breach of operating procedures, are customers suffering as a result?

Raising a concern is doing the right thing:

When you raise a concern through you are ......

  • Acting responsibly
  • Taking an appropriate moral stand
  • Preventing harm to others
  • Acting in accordance with your employer’s values and policy
  • Acting in the public interest
  • Being loyal to your employer
  • Protecting the reputation of your employer
  • Being loyal to your colleagues
  • Protecting jobs

When you raise a concern through Raiseaconcern you are not ......

  • A troublemaker
  • Interfering in something that is not your business
  • Being disloyal to the company
  • Being disloyal or unfair to colleagues
  • Running the risk of being disciplined
  • Running risks if you are wrong
  • Jeopardising your job
  • Required to prove your suspicion or concern
  • Required to confront the wrongdoer
  • Going to be left unsupported

This project has been supported by Kildare Local Enterprise Office which is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under Ireland's EU Structural Funds Programmes 2007 - 2013.