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Government initiative challenges your office bully

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Australian Broker | 14 Feb 2013, 06:00 AM Agree 0
The federal government has announced changes to the Fair Work Act which could see work place bullies get their comeuppance
  • Anon | 14 Feb 2013, 08:53 AM Agree 0
    If only this had been in place earlier. After finally phoning HR about experiencing 18 months of daily harrassment, I was told to put it in writing.

    That's when it went from bad to worse and I was thrown to the wolves so they could pick what was left on my bones.

    No choice to leave, needed the money. Could not apply for another job with high anxiety levels and sapped confidence from daily references or timely reminders of present or past failures/supposed errors that were supposed to be mine but were deceitfully or fraudulently engineered in my name.

    Eventually, media airings of tragedies and changes to legislation forced a long hard look and workplace changes have slowly taken place to improve the environment, but it had nothing to do with collective conscience and everything to do with tokens for prying eyes and a way to reduce org risk.

    They still menacingly roam the halls.

    I would have preferred an honest and open admission, and an apology for the unnecessary anguish and ill health caused myself and as a consequence, to those who supported me, my family.

    I have accepted that I will never get an admission or apology, but remain in awe that they have held on to their position, seemingly without any repercussion.

    I have gradually improved and the terror that rose every time they were around has for the most part abated. With less anxiety I can more readily rationalise it and calm it, but every now and then I can still sense the hairs on the back of my neck rise as they did before, anticipating danger.
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