He wants to show his prominence
And throwing useless weight around
Seems to be the way to have
An iron grip on those below.
He gossips all about their faults,
The drinking problems, gambling
And who got off with who
At the Christmas party.
Stay away from him, or get involved
At your peril if you have
A heart as hard as stone.
The big story in the UK today is the rehiring of Gavin Williamson to the Cabinet.He has a lot of haters after he made a few clangers as the Education Minister and so I thought he was pretty brave in stepping up to the plate again.
But now, there have been allegations that he was bullying staff members last time he was in the Cabinet. He appears to have sent some pretty vile text messages to people and about people and it has come back to bite him on the bum.
And I’m sure that the stories that are being reported are bringing up horrible memories for lots of people – as there are a lot of people out there who have experienced that kind of behaviour before.
Most people will have experienced bullying in the workplace, and the bullies can do what they do without having any idea what kind of havoc they are playing on people’s lives. I got caught up in some nastiness and it led to a complete mental health crisis. I was paid off and that was the last those people probably ever thought of me.
However, good always comes out of the bad, even if you can’t see it when you are in the thick of it. I got sober out of that whole situation and so I could say that something that seemed very dangerous, actually, saved my life.
If you are stuck in a horrible work situation don’t battle on; get out and let the bullies eat each other alive. And remember that your outlook on what is happening will change over time. Things will turn good.
6 thoughts on “the workplace bully”
I’m glad that some good came out of your situation, Rachel. I’ve been hearing some of the allegations, and it does put me in mind of how hard it is when someone’s a bully. Doesn’t matter if it’s workplace or school or somewhere else: bullying can be pretty horrible. I’m sure most of us have either been bullied or witnessed a bully. It casts a pall on everything, I think.
And I think it tells us more about the bullies than the victim, they are normally really hurting inside, or scared.
I’ve been bullied in jobs in the past, but never did anything about it. I would just get another job and leave. However now, I look back I wish I had done something about it. Hindsight is great for that though isn’t it?
Sometimes the fight just isn’t worth it. Just bow out and keep your mental health in tact. Luckily, I’ve only experienced it once in my life, but I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy.
throwing useless weight around
This is an especially well-crafted line. It reveals the bully.