Workplace bullying

by Richard on February 22, 2010

Workplace bullying has been much in the news recently. First came accusations that Prime Minister Gordon Brown bullies his staff. Then a spokesperson for a charity set up to help those being bullied at work confirmed that they had been contacted by someone from Number 10. In response to this breach of confidentiality, one of the trustees has resigned.

Nigel Coke-Woods shares my dismay at this behaviour

As someone who has been the victim of bullying in the workplace I know a thing or two about it. As a member of the clergy I know a thing or two about confidentiality. The more and more I hear and read about the National Bullying Helpline and the intervention of its head in the Gordon Brown bullying story the more I am horrified by what she has done. I am not surprised a patron of the charity has resigned

The politics of this are murky at best. Can it be mere coincidence that these allegations are made just as an election is in the offing?

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Simon 02.22.10 at 2:29 pm

The whole thing seems ridiculous. Presumably “10 Downing Street” has quite a large staff, and not all of them will be dealing with Gordon Brown. It could be someone in the kitchens for all we know.

Also seems fair to assume that No. 10 will be looking through their phone call records right now. I presume whoever called will not have done so from there though.


Pam 02.23.10 at 4:24 am

Ha, maybe there is bullying in the charity set up to help victims of workplace bullying - you never know.


Rachel 02.23.10 at 9:36 pm

The following comment is not meant to indicate I take bullying at all lightly. But given that “The Thick of it” and “In the Loop” have been commonly held to be not a million miles from the experiences of those involved in the governing of this country, I’m surprised anyone’s surprised.

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