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About Me

Welcome to my blog. My pen name is Eva James. I'm an aspiring writer paying the bills working as a legal secretary. Relentlessly bullied by my former boss, I looked for another job but the recession hit. Feeling trapped, I recorded everything in this blog, which serves as a revealing insight into workplace bullying. WEEK 1 starts the story and, as the weeks progress, you'll note what starts as banter soon spirals out of control. Sadly, it's all true. Whilst along the way I've found alternative employment, my passion for blogging about workplace bullying remains. Trevor Griffiths, legendary theatre, TV and film writer said at the outset, "I like the writing a lot: smart, cool, placed. If you were prepared/able to take your prick of a boss on, you'd marmelise him."

Saturday, 21 August 2010

WEEK 91 Holiday Entitlement

It’s good to be back. I’ve missed you!

I didn't plan to go AWOL.

For the three weeks leading up to a week last Thursday, I was crossing off my days in work to my hols.

And the moment my annual leave arrived, my system imploded. The last 8 months of 2010 ganged up and pummelled me into submission. This year, I’ve been bullied within an inch of my life, I’ve had an operation, walked out of my rotten job, attempted to take my former firm to Court and been awarded a final settlement. In the midst of all this I was still recovering from my operation and I started another job.

Having found one, I dared not request for holiday entitlement until my feet were under firmly the table.

Shocked and surprised by my near physical collapse when I did take a day off, I listened to myself. I closed the door, turned off the computer and curled up for a bit. I went into an overdue emotional and mental hibernation. I watched old movies and broke up the days meeting friends for coffee. It was convalescent.

Only when I was ready, I turned my computer back on, but left the internet disconnected. I re-drafted my book and took it easy.

The second draft is complete. My physical and mental health is on the mend.

And if anyone is entitled to write about the long term damaged caused by workplace bullying, it’s me.

See you soon

Eva x

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