On Friday 7th March 2014, it was reported in the Standard, the BBC Director General, Tony Hall, said that the BBC has a bullying problem – but we are on top of it.
“The findings of an investigation by Dinah Rose QC into BBC’s working environment, commissioned in the light of Jimmy Savile’s sex crimes and published in May, found broader issues of bullying and the inappropriate use of power of which sexual harassment is only one manifestation.”
“I want a culture where people can come to work and feel they are valued and don’t feel bullied. These are not easy things to deal with but we are working our way through that.” Tony Hall
However, on the 8th March 2014 it was reported in the Daily Mail that “after senior executive was found guilty of bullying but then moved to what has been described as a plum job.”
The report went on to say, “Jim Buchanan, a news chief, received a written warning after a year long investigation upheld claims that he bullied and intimidated staff.
The complaints were said to be about verbal abuse and sending intimidating emails to colleagues.
But yesterday sources said Mr. Buchanan had been moved to another senior role, leading to criticism that the Corporation was again failing to take bullying claims seriously.”
Tim Field in his book, Bully In Sight, described how it was not unusual for the perpetrators of workplace bullying to be promoted while the victims suffered, receiving no justice.
It is clear to me, evidenced by the numerous reports in the media, that without legislation this practice of workplace bullying is never going to end as employers are not going to take it seriously. Consequently, individuals and our economy will continue to suffer.
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