It’s natural, I suppose, with only a couple of days until my anti-workplace bullying event and book launch, for me to be wondering...
HAVE I GONE CRAZY?
I mean, I walked out two years ago. Why isn’t writing the book and the blog enough? Writing is how I ordinarily deal with workplace bullying, so why come out from behind my desk, go to the lengths of adopting a disguise and organising a Joe versus the Volcano referenced promotion?
This is why:
In the book, I conclude that I’m still as fired up as ever, but that it’s a broader frustration with employment law, the political reforms being proposed and the blanket refusal by employers to recognise the problem.
All true, of course, but it goes deeper than that.
During my recent interview on BBC Radio Wales, when Jamie Owen asked me to recall one or two of the worst instances of bullying, I struggled to describe things without welling up. It caught me off guard – another indicator of how long it can take to recover.
And the biggest reason is the messages I get from those who’ve been there. It’s all those people who contact me on Twitter and the blog with their own stories; people still trapped in abusive jobs going through just what I did.
I’ve always said that writing is a healthy way to get over things. It’s cathartic. I hold to that. But I’m so eager for change that I’m ready to stand up and be counted. There’s something to be said for grabbing your megaphone when nothing is fair – on any level.
Yes, I’m comfortable sat behind my desk, but I’m happy to stand up for the British employee. Someone has to.
I’ve always referred to the book launch as my closure.
But I’m wondering now if this is just the start...
Wish me luck for Monday morning X