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Bad times at work...

Hello guys,

So things at work have been steadily getting worse to the point where I have felt the need to Whistle-blow on my General Manager due to his seeming lack of care. Now there have been a few incidents that have happened that should not have:

1. I applied for one position but still have not received said position with no reason as to why.
2.He always arrives 25 minutes late for work, but then feels that he can tell staff members off when they are late.
3.He is rude to both staff members and customers.
4.He has enraged a customer to the point of them walking out without paying and nearly calling the police.
5. He allows his wife to work on a volunteer basis but gives her a managers key and allows her to boss paid staff members around. Now his wife is an elderly women who does not know how to work the computer systems and seems to refuse to learn how. She also believes that she does not have to be polite to customers because she does not have to care.
6. I was made to chase after a very angry gentleman who did not pay alone into he dark car park to make him come back in and pay.
7. After calling in sick at Christmas (after working for a week and all staff and customers seeing me get worse and worse) he decided to try and accuse me of breaking house rules when I had not broken any.
8. Lastly he thinks that it is perfectly ok to swear at his staff members.

After all of this I decided yesterday that I could not just stand by and watch this so I googled workers rights and found that you can whistle-blow,which means the company or individuals involved can not give any repercussions.

I was wondering if anyone had had any similar problems like this and how they dealt with them?

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Just recently a guy at my work (this is in the United States; not sure how workplace laws differ) decided that he could boss another guy and I around.

It'd been going on for almost two weeks. I noticed he'd just sit around on his phone for a lot the time while me and the other co-worker did most of the work. Keep in mind, that the culprit has the same position as us, with the exception of 2+ years of seniority. But he has no authority to be telling us what to do, especially when he wasn't doing anything himself.

To top it off, I found out that my boss was thinking about making this Person Of Interest a supervisor. So I went to my current shift-supervisor and told him what had been going on. I started off by asking him "what are the duties of a supervisor" - the answers to which he provided - so as to provide contrast of the "ideal supervisor" versus "Person of Interest's performance".

And then I simply told him about this Person's behavior, and that if he *were* to become supervisor, that that behavior *must* be corrected, or else this minor problem was going to become a major one. It was a calm discussion, I went back to printing. My supervisor and Person Of Interest went "for a walk" and had a chat. Needless to say, Person Of Interest does not like me anymore, and often tells my co-worker to tell me things now. But the important part: instead of telling us what to do, he now gives suggestions / options, which is exactly the outcome I wanted. He changed his approach. And, he's not on his phone so much anymore; not until our work is done and we're waiting for more jobs to come in, which is how it should be.

Long story short, my advice to you would be to not mention #1. When reporting the maltreatment and poor performance of a superior, I would make it as little about you as possible. That way it does not come across as a personal problem at all, but rather a legitimate concern that is affecting *everyone* in your workplace. If there is another person at your job who you trust, and who is a pleasure to work with / good employee, it might be in your interest to see if they have similar feelings. They also may be able to assist you in some way regarding the whistle-blowing process.

Sorry you have to deal with this, but just be level-headed and confident about it. Do the right thing, you'll be fine.

Cheers,

-Kyle
 
I have been level headed and have explained the situation. I also know that there are at least three other members of staff that feel the same as I do which I have also mentioned in my letter. There are reviews on the pubs facebook pages and trip adviser that call for action about the rude management which I have also referenced in my letter. Something needs to be done about it as it just seems to be getting worse.

I know how you feel about someone bossing you around just because they have been at the work place longer I have this to deal with also as a 17 year old is trying to act in this manner with me, however I know my workers rights enough to not let him do this, however management do not care how he acts, what discounts he gives o people for example he gives parties at discounted prices which have lost the business £91 for that one party now we have had this same thing happen three times now and nothing has been done. I am not out for personal game as I believe that if I deserve a position it is because I have proven myself and earned it. I feel that I have had no choice in reporting it and I also feel that if I had not reported it then it would continue to the point that the business would deteriorate until there was no business left.

I also felt that I could not take this matter to the area manager because himself and the GM seem to be very friendly and he must be aware of the problems yet nothing has been done, no investigation or anything and I believe that if I had brought my concerns to him then he would have just gone to the GM and told what I had said and then he GM could have fired me so that I would not make a fuss.

Thank you for sharing your story Kyle it makes me believe that I did in fact make the right choice.
 
all this crap comes down to it's not what you know it's who you know..rules ,all there an stuff and procedures to follow and some times it all works but often than not it all falls flat on it's .....what you got to do is get out of the victim thinking and do what you got to to make life easier for you..life ain't fair and it's all a game with people...better of pretending to like someone than let them know you don't like them..it all ain't easy and some people can play the game with ease while others will just not accept the right and wrong thing and search out justice..people are strange and working with horrible people is like death and taxes...don't fight it kidda just beat them at there own game..but never underestimate your enemy...
 
HB,

It isn't going to change i'm afraid, it is what it is and this is England. I'm sorry but that's my view. I work with similar types, they behave as though it's a competition to see who can be the meanest. Dirt, all of them.
 
Hi,

I was bullied at work. I won't go into details but I sought legal advice. The long and short of it is that because I had no proof it was my word against the Director's. The company interviewed several staff and not one person would support my claim. This was despite the fact everyone knew how I was treated as a manager ,the long hours I worked and my dedication to the company. I often intervened on behalf of my staff when he started on them so you can only imagine how hurt I felt.

It transpired later that the 'staff' were carefully selected... say no more. I know this from the names my solicitor gave me and because one of the women came up to me in a supermarket six months after I left the company. She was sorry no one supported me but they were fearful of losing their jobs. They all regretted their lack of support...

I don't know how things work now but make sure you have hard evidence.

ETA:

Although I had and an interview of sorts with one of the top HR people, the interview as conducted in the BR next to his office and he could hear every word. I was offered another position elsewhere in the company but 60 miles from where I lived. In the end I went to my doctors, kept extending my sick note for stress until I found another job.

Eventually I set up my own business and never looked back.
 
Unfortunately, in the UK, the burden of proof is now more heavily loaded onto the employee - or that was the intended rule change last time I looked. Also, it was the intention to make it easier for an employee to be financially penalised more easily at a tribunal.

Stuff like this is a sharp reminder about why I've been self-employed since the early 90's.

The last manager to treat me badly caught me on the wrong day and a full and frank exchange of opinions took place. After I left, I heard that another guy beat him up. I can't say I was surprised. It's what can happen when a manager lacks empathy and manages in an area where people are used to fighting their own battles.

Tribunals are often put-up jobs. You need rock-solid proof, and don't settle for verbal promises that others will back you. Also, don't rely on anyone who has been an employee for under one year because their employment can be terminated merely on the grounds of "unsuitable" (discrimination cases are excepted from this).

It's why we used to have unions.
 
Tribunals are often put-up jobs. You need rock-solid proof, and don't settle for verbal promises that others will back you. Also, don't rely on anyone who has been an employee for under one year because their employment can be terminated merely on the grounds of "unsuitable"

This is good advice, Phil. I nearly had a breakdown over it. The one thing I did make sure I got was an open reference letter so the B***rds could not screw with my career.
 
start keeping audio recordings of what is going on, but check on your local recording conversation laws first. Where i work, if someone retaliates on a whistle blower they get in huge trouble and will probably lose their job. Sorry to hear that you're going through all that. it truly sux having a bad boss.

if the recordings are not an option. Carry pad and pencil and keep detailed notes of any events that occur.
 
readin these comments kidda...don't expect people to do the right thing.....my phil is if all else fails violence is the only answer
 
Thank you guys, I like to believe that there are good people out there and that some things are worth fighting for I am sick of being bullied out of jobs that I like. It has just become time that I atleast attempt to fight for what I want in life.

I will be sensible about this and record everything as you can not just record people without telling them. I have read all of your comments and I understand each of your veiw points however if something is worth it then I will fight for it. Plus I dont have the resources or money to start my own bussiness. :)

I am looking at other jobs also as you never know what you will find but I have gone ahead with whistle blowing as you are protected as the company can not reveal my identity without breaking the law and the company can not retaliate against me either.
 
I've had the problem before, but I guess the way to respond depends on your personality and the situation...

For me, when they tried to boss me around, I'd either confront them or find ways to make them as irritated or as frustrated as they were making me, if not just ignoring them. I don't do crazy things that would get me fired. I think it comes down to learning how and when to say "no" in different ways. Every relationship is a power-struggle and the only time people respect you is when you make it clear you'll react when they've crossed your boundaries.

But don't do anything crazy. Rebel without being a suicide bomber :salut: Sarcasm works wonders.
 
I've had the problem before, but I guess the way to respond depends on your personality and the situation...

For me, when they tried to boss me around, I'd either confront them or find ways to make them as irritated or as frustrated as they were making me, if not just ignoring them. I don't do crazy things that would get me fired. I think it comes down to learning how and when to say "no" in different ways. Every relationship is a power-struggle and the only time people respect you is when you make it clear you'll react when they've crossed your boundaries.

But don't do anything crazy if you care about having the job. Rebel without being a suicide bomber :salut: Sarcasm works wonders.
 
I don't understand sarcasm, I never pick up on it when people are being sarcastic to me, including my bf of four and half years, and I can not be sarcastic to anyone everyone just looks at me weird when I try it. So that option is out Kami, however thank you for your response. :) Hope you are well.
 

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