Bosses beware: Friday is the most popular day to blow the whistle
Once seen as the most relaxed of working days, Friday is rapidly becoming the day of choice for employees looking to report software misuse in their organisations. Over a third (34.21%) of our whistle-blowing reports are made on a Friday, making it the most popular day of the week for individuals to report misuse. This was followed by Mondays and Wednesdays, both at 18.42%.
We often associated Friday with the beginning of the weekend but it now looks like Friday – the end of a stressful working week after all – is the day most employees take to the ‘phone or web to report software misuse.
Employers and employees alike need to take action to ensure that they are properly educated about the proper use of software and the repercussions that software abuse can bring.
According to research conducted by FAST in 2013 a staggering 66 per cent of employees would not report their employer for using illegal software.
Mixed feelings about whistleblowing are understandable, but not doing so may be counterintuitive. Serious compensation can be payable if your employer acts illegally when a protected disclosure is made. So if you think that software piracy is taking place in your office, then get in touch, but be sure of the facts.
Reports can be made anonymously. Notwithstanding the law is there to protect you, the bigger picture is, respect for someone else’s creativity. The general apathy that exists about software theft fails to properly recognise its effect on the wider economy and future job creation. It’s important that, as an industry, we take the steps necessary to ensure that the value of digital product is protected and innovation supported.
If you would like to make a report to FAST about an organisation using unlicensed software please use the form at the link below. Please complete as much as you can. Your contact details are important to allow FAST investigators to contact you should further information be required. Should you have any queries, please e-mail or make a report online.