Post # 1
I really need advice ladies…
My job is a operations manager, and I oversee all of the back office operations to make sure we are compliant with certain policies and procedures. In the past I have found things that my managers were doing that were unethical and had to report it, which resulted in both being fired. I now have a new manager and just found something I find alarming.
Without boring you with the ins and outs of how my company works, basically he came out from his office, grabbed a piece of merchandise off the shelf, returned it without an original receipt, and took the cash. I see him on camera walk to the back and put the merchandise back, and with the cash in hand, want in his office and then out really quick (office isn’t on camera). This obviously looks like stealing and there isn’t really a logical explanation I can think of for this because there wasn’t a customer in front of him.
I confronted him about it and he said he had the merchandise, and would bring it in with the original receipt. I told him to give me the original over the phone because I needed to take care of it that day, and he blew me off said he would get back to me. He then didn’t respond to my messages for the rest of the day which resulted in us loosing compliancy for that item.
He is a really well known and liked manager, and I even like him, but I feel in my gut there is something wrong here. Similar things have come up before but I never researched them enough. I feel like I should report him for investigation, but I will probably lose most if not all of my work friends and ruin his friendship with my Fiance. I really don’t know what to do. Has anyone been in a similar situation or have some guidance, I could really use it :(?
Post # 3
You should report it with the necessary documentation to an even higher boss/supervisor.
If you get caught, not telling it especially if it’s your job then you could get in trouble. Plus, what he did was extremely unprofessional.
Post # 4
I think that is something you def. need to report! Or at least have it looked into!
Post # 5
I would for sure investigate it a little more, see if you can find some more evidence, then I’d say you have to report it. You don’t want to risk your own job and livelyhood for someone else.
Post # 6
I guess I’m just afraid that I am wrong. I can’t really research any more than I have on my own because we cannot see all surveillance angles. I don’t want it to end up being nothing and then I just created a tense work environment for myself. I was thinking about talking with him and just being honest about what I see and see if he can give me some sort of explanation.
Post # 7
I think you should report it. You should be able to report is anonymously, if you are afraid of any repurcussions.
Post # 8
I’d report it. Ultimately he’s the one that put you in this position and in my opinion he made your choice clear by not responding to your messages.
Post # 9
definitely report it to upper managment. if they discover it on their own and find out you knew, you can be fired yourself. like say they are investigating and they question you and it all comes out that you saw these things all along, they will def get more angry because maybe it could have been stopped sooner.
I don’t want to get into what my job is, but I see things like this ALL the time in all different types of companies. withholding information like that is against almost every company policy i’ve seen. and getting fired for misconduct will affect many different things down the road. just trust me.
Post # 10
I feel like I’m in a tough spot. I never had a problem reporting people before because I didn’t particularly like them. This person I like, and they are friends with my friends outside of work. I know I shouldn’t put my job in jeopardy because of that. I guess I just always hear, “don’t throw your manager under the bus” and feel like maybe I should talk to him. At the same time though he isn’t going to admit wrongdoing to me!
Post # 11
Yeah, just tell upper management that you suspect suspicious activity from this manager and hand over all your documentation. They’re the ones that’ll make the decision.
Post # 12
Do you have a whistleblowing policy you can reference? That might give you some guidance. I think you should check with him tomorrow and let him know he needs to provide you with the original receipt he claimed to have. If he does not produce it let him know you have to raise the incident and you will allow upper management to work it out with him. The prior poster who said you are risking your job by not reporting it is absolutely right! This guy is clearly not concerned about putting you in a terrible position so you should not worry about reporting him because of your relationship away from the office. Good luck!
Post # 13
I agree with noritake22 – report it annonymously. His behavior is unprofessional and he isn’t inspiring any confidence by blowing you off. If this is prolonged it could negatively impact the company you work for. It needs to be reported one way or another.
Post # 14
i would be careful approaching him again – he already is non compliant with what you asked for earlier, and any further probes would probably make him more defensive, and if hes THAT well liked in the office he might have enough pull to make YOU seem like the liar.
report him to the proper authorities. that is what they are there for, to investigate things like this impartially. your only obligation is to report it.
failure to report it could put your own job at risk.
bottom line – if he was *that* nice or *that* great of a friend he wouldnt have put you in the position you are in. my guess is he is banking on you being a nice person or a great friend and keeping it to yourself.
run, dont walk, and report him. Lord knows what else he has been getting away with if hes THAT blatant about something like that.
Post # 15
Well, I think you already gave him a chance to explain the situation and he wouldn’t. It’s not personal, its professional. And if he did do something wrong he has no one to blame about the predicament but himself. And if he does actually have an original receipt he really shouldn’t hold a grudge because again, you were just doing your job.
Post # 16
If he was really on the up and up wouldn’t he have provided you the original you asked for WHEN you asked for it? If he was even HALF your friend, then he would have given you what you needed. The fact that you approached him about this and he flippantly blew you off tells me that he is trying to hide behind a friendly relationship with you, and he knows it. I would report it. You’ve already given him the chance to be honest about the whole thing and fix the problem, but he didn’t hold up his end. You’ve given him the chance, I’d say now you’re forced to report it. Whenever I do investigations of these types of things, the person in the wrong usually emotionally blackmails someone by first becoming their friend, then abusing the friendship while doing illegal things…sounds like he’s just another dumb criminal to me. Sorry your boss is both dishonest and a jerk.