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Professional Ethics: To Whistleblow, or Not to Whistleblow

Trey Brant, PhD. & William “Bill” Brant, PE

Sooner or later, almost inevitably, over the course of our careers, we will each confront a work-issue where we shall decide whether to whistleblow or not. This course offers professional ethical guidance for all of us as denouncers of irregularities at work.

From this course, you will identify important processes in the decision-making of whistleblowers and the ethical dilemmas faced by each party. The approach here is methodological, scientific and ethical.

You will be armed and forewarned!

As you shall see, this is an asset to both you and your organization alike.

As in professional ethics, the goal of your course is to increase professionalism at workplaces. This is accomplished by increasing the levels of safety, efficiency, fairness and professional communications. The professional ethics of whistleblowing determines that you evaluate any losses to the levels of safety, efficiency, fairness and communications at the workplace before you decide to blow the whistle or not. The advantages of the whistleblowing system is a more efficient control of the activities of the organization. A whistleblowing system evades the damage to reputations and damages to society.

Moral guidance is necessary as reminders why collaboration, doing no harm, preventing harm and uncovering those who harm others are the most rational decisions.

Although incompetence results in significantly lowering our levels of safety, efficiency, fairness and communications at work, excessive competitiveness can result in even graver consequences. After your course, you will be able to identify the people who are responsible for lowering the levels of professionalism to subpar standards, whether incompetent or competent and devious.

We welcome you to your course!

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.

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NY PE & PLS: You must choose courses that are technical in nature or related to matters of laws and ethics contributing to the health and welfare of the public. NY Board does not accept courses related to office management, risk management, leadership, marketing, accounting, financial planning, real estate, and basic CAD. Specific course topics that are on the borderline and are not acceptable by the NY Board have been noted under the course description on our website.