More than half of software engineers have suspected wrongdoing at work, analysis from software auditing firm Engprax shows. Yet three-quarters of those who spoke up revealed they faced retaliation, leading many to avoid reporting issues.
A top reason for staying silent was retaliation from senior personnel and management figures, the study found, with 59% highlighting this reason specifically for not reporting malpractice.
Nearly half (44%) said they were concerned about retaliation from colleagues while a quarter feared “social rejection”.
16% also revealed their organization had no dedicated reporting policies or procedures in place to enable staff to flag issues.
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Dr Junade Ali, principal investigator for the Engprax study said the report highlights a concerning culture of fear and avoidance among software engineers with regard to malpractice reporting.