My boss is bullying me and I'm really unhappy at work. What can I do?Sep 17, 2008
- Firstly, have you spoken to a senior manager or your personnel/HR department (if you have one), or a Trade Union official (if you are a member of a Union) about this? You need to speak to someone first before you make an official accusation as they may be able to help with this. Your employer has a legal duty to protect your health, safety and welfare while you’re at work, and they should be interested in making sure there is a good atmosphere at work.
- You need to start making a diary of events if you haven’t done this already, documenting your boss’s behaviour that you are unhappy with, as this gives you a record to show other people. Take a note also of the conversations you have with management in your organisation about this issue.
- If you feel that management are not taking you seriously and an informal approach to resolve the problem has not worked you can put in a grievance claim (only employees can do this – click here for a definition). Your employer must give you access to a grievance procedure so you should be able to find out how to go about doing this and follow the instructions in their procedure. Click here for more information on grievances.
- If nothing is done or you do not find the outcome of any grievance satisfactory, you may feel your only option is to leave and try to claim constructive dismissal, but you should get advice before you make this move, as it is sometimes difficult to prove. Click here for more information on dismissals.
- Also see our information on Equality and Discrimination here
There are several organisations that provide free advice about your rights and specifically about Bullying –
TUC (Trades Union Council) – their website is www.tuc.org.uk/tuc/rights_main.cfm and they have free booklets and an advice line on 0870 600 4882.
Citizens Advice Bureau – their website is www.citizensadvice.org.uk.
Direct Gov – their website is www.direct.gov.uk.
The Andrea Adams Trust’s website is specifically about bullying at work and is www.andreaadamstrust.org
Also the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line’s website is at www.bullying.co.uk
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