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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 May 2011

WEEK 163 If you Can't Take the Heat

Gordon Ramsey’s made headlines again.

I’m surprised it’s taken me this long to write about the king of workplace bullying. Perhaps there’s some psychological reason I chose to wait until his empire is crumbling around him.

After falling out with his CEO father-in-law, he unfairly dismissed his mother-in-law and anyone else related to his wife’s family because they were ‘too close’ to his wife’s father. His wife’s mother and brothers are now submitting their ET1s to the Employment Tribunal.

There are rumours of Gordon’s violent mood swings and speculation of drug addiction.

There are always going to be potential employment problems when a firm is set up by someone talented in a specialist field, but with no specific business training. For example, a good chef, solicitor, chartered surveyor, or architect can easily be convinced they can turn their hand to anything. It’s only a matter of time before they’re dreaming of their empire - a company of their own. That’s when it becomes apparent that their lack of business skill makes them lousy and incompetent to work for. And this is also where HR comes into play, protecting any talented liability at the top from accusations of from the bottom.

Running a business and managing people is a skill in itself. That’s why Ramsey needed his father-in-law CEO to steer him in the right direction. Without the business brain and human shield, the ET1s are flooding in.

If someone like Gordon can’t take the heat of the boardroom then let him get back in the kitchen.

It’s a lesson to them all.

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