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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, 28 April 2012

WEEK 224 University of Life

 I’ve blogged about staff bullying in schools before, so it won’t come as a surprise that it goes on in Universities, despite the usual policies against it. As one website ( states:

'The bullying of academics follows a pattern of horrendous, Orwellian elimination rituals, often hidden from the public'. 

Nevertheless, there are some Universities that actually study workplace bullying. For example, the 8th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment is being hosted this June by at the University of Copenhagen.

What do you mean you’ve never heard of it?

Okay. Then you must remember the 7th International Conference on Workplace Bullying and Harassment hosted last June by the Centre for Research on Workplace Behaviours at the University of Glamorgan Business School, Cardiff?

Missed that one too, huh?

With the resources they have to collate valuable information, I can’t help feeling that University research facilities stop short. They’ll calculate the organisational and societal cost of bullying. They’ll tally up the risk factors. They’ll whisk their tape measures out and size workplace bullying up. And what do they do with their annual percentages and pie charts? I guess they’re published in some obscure academic journal with the conclusion: ‘Bullying costs companies and employees in a variety of ways.’ 

Maybe it’s not the lecturer's or student's job figure out how to stop it. Universities are, after all, academic institutions above businesses. It’s their job to come up with new and fashionable theory. It’s not a requirement to establish whether anything works.

But I can’t believe they’ll come up with anything truly groundbreaking unless they go further than creating graphs and posing pre-prepared questions to employees. They need to get hands-on with businesses.

They could, of course, start with their own.

Perhaps the first step for Universities is to recognise that they are businesses and that writing policies or even theoretical papers which prove little more than the writer thought about workplace bullying once-upon-a-time do little more than prove they’re closer to modern business than I’m sure they’d care to admit.

Very best

Saturday, 21 April 2012

WEEK 223 Waiting Game

I’m back!

Sorry about the temporary suspension of blog posts. April has been a strange and turbulent month of self-doubt, but I’m pleased to say I’ve laid those demons to rest - permanently!

It won’t happen again. 

But please don’t imagine that I gave up on my anti-workplace bullying activities in the interim.

Over the Easter bank holiday, I sent a copy of Bullied by the Boss to Vince Cable’s department, along with a letter explaining I wanted my workplace bullying story on his shelf before countless others joined it, thanks to his new employment reforms.

As if I needed proof, a friend drew my attention to a letter in the Straight to the Point section of the Daily Mail. Mr Cox asked the Mail to take a balanced approach to stories about employment reform (quite right too). His daughter was told her performance was substandard (despite written appraisals to the contrary) and sacked after 11 months in her job. Her employer, a Manchester law firm, admitted she’d have a good case for unfair dismissal just one month later. And that was in the good old days when an employee only had 12 months before their rights kicked in. Now, thanks to Vince Cable, we’ve got a 24 month wait. 

Talking of waiting, I hope it won’t be too long to hear from Department for Business, Innovation & Skills as to whether they’ve read the book. Realistically, they won’t have the time. Not with all those employers lobbying them for even more power over their workforce.

Oh boy, it's great to be back! 

Very best

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