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Abuse of Power

Need help... hoping someone will have advice. This is an emotionally charged situation, so objectivity is the key for me. There are other workers in this particular organization who are feeling "unheard" and vulnerable. Because I had previously been a manager in this organization, I am very familiar with the hierarchy, and have suggested in every instance that the employees approach the general manager to voice concerns and work to resolve the stressful situations they find themselves in. (with HR dept. being the last resort to contact, as any good manager will want a chance to resolve the complaint first) When I approached the general manager with concerns, I was told that "this is not a good day to discuss these issues". There was no follow up to my request to discuss my concerns.

My situation is critical, as I am off on sick leave and being treated by my family doctor for clinical depression, brought on as a direct result of work place stress. I have worked for the company for 8 yrs, and have always rec'd good annual reviews, and would have been considered a very productive and valuable contributing member of the team. When the management team underwent changes, and new members replaced existing managers, there seemed to be a concerted effort to "replace" those of us who were part of the "past" team. When I
received my performance review, it was extremely poor, with a "needs improvement" rating.

I was shocked by this and in fact felt as if I was being penalized unfairly because I had voiced concerns a few months earlier to our HR dept. The supervisor actually sited this as part of the problem... my being resistant to following the "chain of command." I refused to sign the document without reading it for myself first, and asked for a copy to review. I was not given the chance to read it nor was I given a copy of the review.

I am trapped in this situation, due to the poor performance evaluation I cannot be transferred and I can barely meet the criteria of my job now, as this supervisor delegates unrealistic task completion times, or includes job duties that I am not normally requested to do. Again I am feeling as if they are deliberately trying to force me out. Due to restructuring at our corporate level, the people whom I would normally liaise with are no longer in that position. (or they were not available at that time)

I desperately need advice, as I need to return to work, but am extremely anxious that my situation will be made worse, especially in view of my sick leave, and the fact that nothing has been resolved on my behalf.

What are my rights? How can I protect myself from bullying or abuse of power by this group of management? I have always been a hard working productive team member... until these past few months where I am categorized as NOT meeting my job requirements, by these new members (with whom I directly report to) This has seriously affected my health, and I am very worried about my future.

Any help is greatly appreciated, and I thank you for taking the time to respond.

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Advise Request...
by: Anonymous

Giving advise is something I tend not to do.

First of all, how do I know what is right for you...

But, if I may, I might suggest a way to look at the situation from a different perspective.

It would seem that your situation is similar, if not exactly the same as other targets.

While one is being bullied, it is almost impossible to be objective.

That is not to say that you are not objective and rational, it is only to say that while one is being subjected to abuse, the first reaction is to resist that which causes the pain.

For example, when you look in the mirror, what do you see? Are you seeing the image that is actually reflected, or are you seeing the image you think you see?

In my opinion, everything is perception and perception is everything.

You may not find this statement helpful to your current situation and how you are feeling, but, ask yourself; "Why does it seem that when I approach the administration regarding the bullying I am receiving, there is only resistance and no assistance?"

Because, the system is designed to protect the status quo, and unfortunately, you are expendable. The system is based on reward and punishment, from the top down.

It does not matter that you are qualified and do your job professionally, you will be punished for talking about a tabu subject, bullying.

They hate it when they are exposed for what they really are, and you represent the thing they hate the most, integrity.

Performance evaluations are completely arbitrary methods of internal control, nothing more.

They have absolutely no meaning whatsoever, oh there will be those that diagree, thats OK, because they don't represent anything in fact.

Its all heresay. You are trying to prove innocence, I thought due process is about innocent until proven guilty. Work, is guilty until proven innocent, its like the Salem Which trials, its impossible to disprove, because they have written proof, whether true or not, and in most cases, it is untrue, and very unfair.

From my experience, I think there will be a point at which you will have to ask yourself the sobering question;

Do I really want to work here anymore?

Your answer will probably surprise you, because, your life is your own, not their's. You can choose to sell out, but I doubt that will be the case.

Find your center, listen to your heart, that is where the truth is. I know how much it hurts.

I know your job means more than just work, it also means an income and a livelihood, but you should not have to pay with your well being and your soul.

Not to mention the physical and mental damage you are suffering. It will be a very hard choice to make, and it will seem that nobody understands, and that finding a good place to work is difficult, but consider the alternatives, no one deserves to be abused.

For me, the one issue about bullying that stands out the most is, that I don't trust anyone anymore, and that bothers me.

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