For the first time in ages, I didn’t post a blog last week.
There were a variety of reasons. The first was that it was a Bank Holiday and in true 3-day weekend tradition I painted my flat, so my desk found itself tugged away from the wall and covered in dust sheets.
And then, as I filled up my DIY store trolley with rollers and tins of Dulux, I realised the subject of workplace bullying has been non-existent in the media for months. True, the Olympics have taken centre stage – but it’s more than that. One reason may be that Vince Cable’s employment reforms have all been rolled out, so his ridiculous “we’re doing it for the good of the workers” press releases have come to an end. Another reason might be that there have been fewer high profile Tribunal cases recently.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that workplace bullying has disappeared. Maybe I’m being cynical, but it’s a magician’s trick. It’s stage magic: smoke and mirrors. The unglamorous subject of workplace bullying has been dropped through the stage via a trap door and landed with a thud on an old mattress.
“Ta-da!” Announces Houdini Cable to his employer friends. “Workplace bullying? What workplace bullying?”
Workplace bullying is still going on and raising awareness at such times is essential or else targets of workplace bullying feel even more alone. And here’s my own spooky prediction - when the theatrical smoke clears, I believe those experiencing workplace bullying will have sadly multiplied.