There is a reason why I find the whole Patel bullying saga quite so distasteful and offensive - because I've lived through working with someone who was very similar in one of my previous jobs. A little thread. /1
I'll call the person in question N. It's worth noting that N was always very nice to me; despite her technically being my superior, we essentially headed up the two different teams that made up the company I worked for. /2
Based purely on her interactions with me, I'd describe her, initially, as direct, forceful, but not bullying towards me in any way. Sound familiar? Talk to any of the people in the team I was leading at the time though, and you'll hear something very different. /3
Any tiny mistake was logged, and gone through in detail at the end-of-month team meetings. Enough mistakes and the team lost its bonus; and everyone in the team would know exactly why. /4
Despite on many occasions not leaving the office until after 10pm, and occasionally even midnight, not being sat at their desks ready to start at 9am would result in me receiving an email telling me to "have a word". (I normally did - to ask if they were ok) /5
Those tiny mistakes I mentioned earlier - I should add that N would literally stand over the person in question as they fixed whatever it was, pestering them to be quicker about fixing it, and berating them for getting it wrong. /6
The cumulative effect of this, and the fact that she behaved entirely differently with her own team, meant that although she never did this to me, I saw it all the time, and spent half my days shielding the team from it as I could. /7
And if I had complained to the only person I could have, the company owner - it would have been me that ended up needing to resign, because there would have been no action taken. Again, sound familiar? /8
The upshot of this? People were miserable. Staff turnover was enormous, either through people burning themselves out (I still have an SMS from one of the team at 2am, with a screenshot of a piece of work on work-life balance she was..still working on in the office.) /9
Nobody stayed there long, which meant things continued to go wrong. Eventually, in one of the dumber moments of my life, I handed my resignation in right in the middle of the Christmas party, scribbled on a napkin. /10
So when the leader of the country says that this behaviour is fine, it *really* annoys me. One of those affected team members was the best person I've ever worked with, and that job, and N, set her career back years. /11
Bullying in the workplace is a serious thing, and this Government needs to re-consider whether it really wants to put the message out that, as far as it's concerned, it's not that big a deal. /e

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