I found a coworker who cheated in the interview take home coding assignment but was hired. Now most of her scripts are done by someone else at home, and she just presents to work everyday. Should it be reported to HR?
Answered by: David McPhee,former Psychotherapist Kids & Adults, Ph.D. Psychologist
You are a co-worker, the same level she occupies. You don’t have responsibilities for administration for enforcement of rules.
You also seem to have certain knowledege of what she is doing. If so, it must be because she told you.
Initial questions before reporting: Who will benefit from your proposed report? Who will be harmed? Do you have a moral obligation to report, for example to prevent serious harm?
Then there is the fact that employees who report other employees and get them in trouble may or may not be doing “the company” some good, but are often identified as troublemakers themselves, at least when the situation is ambiguous like this one.
Edit: I got some excellent comments educating me on the complexities of coding and the kind of problems this situation could cause a company, most interesting. The principles I outlined are still correct, but the added information could affect the result of their application.