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Advising On A Difficult Situation

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To resolve issues of bullying suffered by an employee with a view to improving his working environment

Situation And Challenge

Our client was being bullied by his manager on a daily basis. For example, the manager would belittle him in front of his colleagues, aggressively berate him for minor mistakes and intimidate him, making his working life miserable. He enjoyed his job and liked the company but dreaded going into work every day due to his manager’s treatment of him.

Steps

We helped our client to reach the decision to raise a complaint with his employer, and submitted a grievance on his behalf setting out the full details and history of the treatment.

We supported him throughout the process and assisted him with preparing for the grievance meeting.

Our client wanted to continue to work for his employer, so we suggested how the company could resolve the situation, which included (if it found evidence to support the employee’s allegation of bullying) taking disciplinary action against the manager or moving our client to an alternative team.

Outcome

The employer investigated the grievance and arranged a grievance meeting with our client.

They upheld parts of his grievance and confirmed that it would take disciplinary action against his manager. Our client felt supported by his employer and much more comfortable in his role having raised his grievance.

Ultimately, the company arranged mediation between our client and his manager to help fix the relationship between them, which was successful.

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