Hostile Work Environment


Wow, that’s all I have to say. Well, I guess it’s not all I have to say since I am going to make an entire blog about that. If you have read some of my previous blogs, you know that my morale at work is low, if I even have morale at all. And I am not the only one suffering, many people in the office are miserable. I have even been told by certain people to write a letter to my local union. The team leaders have been telling the director about how bad morale is, to no avail. The director seems to be totally deaf when it comes to morale. And the above picture is the first thing I saw today at work. “The beatings shall continue until morale improves.” Don’t complain, other people have it worse. And it is not because he is former military. I know of other former military who are now civilian supervisors, and none of them are like this.

Now, while I cannot prove that the director is who posted that image, it is a safe bet since he saw it and didn’t take it down. Also, there are people who know it was not there when they left from work, and he was one of the last people left in the office. So, my best guess is that he is the one who posted this picture. I guess that’s the best way he could have handled the complete lack of morale in the office. And I already know people are complaining to the union and the EEO. I would if I was sure there wouldn’t be retaliation, which I am sure there would be.

Some of the changes that the employees would like to boost morale are changes that I don’t even want. I don’t want to telecommute. I don’t want to work four 10-hour days. But others in the office do. And you know what, you bring up the offices morale; mine will probably go along with it. Although I still think that the setup in the office, and the fact that my back will be to the walkway, was not thought out. And for the record, it is not that people will see what is on my screen, it’s that I hate people at my back.

Now, while I could probably make the argument that the director is creating a hostile work environment, I am not sure I want to fight that fight. Yet. I may write my union. I may write the EEO. I’m not sure what I will do yet. I have looked to lateral out of my job, which is a shame, because I actually like my job. I just hate the toxic environment that has been created.

Meetings just to have meetings. Moving personnel just to make changes.

And I am not going to go into the fact that he had to make sure I was at my desk when I didn’t go to the holiday party.

If you saw the full photo, you would notice that each desk had 4 monitors. Maybe if he gave me that I would stop complaining.

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