Hello Ben, thank you for your reply. My employer is not 'officially' aware, though at a Board Meeting in March, the Chief Executive appeared to play along with my manager's general approach, though I don't believe that he'd be inclined for there to be trouble. My Board comprises mostly volunteers who are mostly retired professionals who've a desire to serve as Trustees on the Board. They're not full-time people and they're a little unsettled by the negative vibes in evidence at their Meetings (when my manager attends).
In all honesty, I sense that I'm inconvenient because I'm home-based and have been for many years. Manager would probably like the role back in-house, where s/he can manage with a heavier hand of control. I'd wanted to add some detail, thus my longer message.
Hi, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. It appears that the issues you are experiencing can amount to bullying by the manager. Bullying is unfortunately something that happens all too often in the workplace. The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) defines bullying as “offensive, intimidating, malicious or insulting behaviour, an abuse or misuse of power through means that undermine, humiliate, denigrate or injure the recipient.” Whatever form it takes, it is unwarranted and unwelcome to the individual subjected to it.
Under law, specifically the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, an employer has a duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees. In addition, they have the implied contractual duty to provide a safe and suitable working environment. That includes preventing, or at least effectively dealing with bullying behaviour occurring in the workplace.
In terms of what the victim of bullying can do to try and deal with such problems, the following steps are recommended:
In general, a victim should try and gather as much evidence as possible before considering making a formal complaint and certainly before going down the resignation route. As bullying often takes verbal form, the best way is to keep a detailed diary of all bullying occasions so that there is at least some reference in written form that the employer and/or the tribunal can refer to.
Hope this clarifies your position? If you could please let me know that would be great, thank you
Thank you for your reply, as it is good to obtain a sense of perspective that can only be derived by consulting another with knowledge and experience of these issues. There is a definite 'control' element in her behaviour, so I try to mitigate against that by simply demonstrating a willingness wherever possible and I'm never challenging. At times however, this seems not to be sufficient to modify her attitude. After such a long term of service, I'm sure I'd struggle to obtain a future role of equivalent 'value' in future (age 59), so for me, the stakes are very high.
I should add, I'm by no means alone in the context of being unhappy with her management style. Morale is generally very low in our Directorate these days, which cannot possibly have gone unnoticed by the rest of the Management Team. I've considered 'monitoriing' measures to capture examples of the behaviour, which might be the only route to successfully challenging dubious/unfair treatment (backed up by statements from colleagues, press-ganged into supporting her claims). All very insidious really, which after 20 years service, is very unpleasant. Can I successfully bring a grievance and realistically, hope to retain my employment? (..knowing the truth of human relations within organizations?). Thank you.
You should not be treated detrimentally for raising a grievance and you are protracted against unfair dismissal, meaning that the employer cannot just decide to terminate your employment because you have complained - they must show there was a fair reason for doing so and also follow a fair procedure so if they g ahead and try to dismissing you then you will have further protection.
Hopefully this answers your follow up query?
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