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The Great British workplace. Again

The British Workplace Behaviour Survey 2008 has just been published by the EHRC, with this intended to inform the nation about the position of disabled /long term ill employees. Someone else can fillet that data, I am going to stick to the figures for non-disabled - for what a load of bedwetters they turn out to be - and what constitutes 'negative behaviour' in the reckoning of the EHRC is quite astonishing:

Having your opinions and views ignored - 29.8%. That low? In all the workplaces I have inhabited, I would think that the organisations concerned would have been well advised to ignore most of the employees. Plenty of the managers too, frankly.

Pressure from someone else to do work below your level of competence - 13.5%. Yeah, I needed 17 or so years of education to enable me to make the tea.

Someone continually checking up on you or your work when it is not necessary - 19.4%. What a great idea, letting staff decide what is or is not necessary checking.

And compare and contrast that with this, Being given an unmanageable workload or impossible deadlines. 31.1%. I envy the 68.9%, as I am sure do most of us. Where did they poll these people? Anyway, checking sounds like a good idea, doesn't it?
Gossip and rumours being spread about you or having allegations made against you - a derisory 12.1%. Sounds like the nation has some deeply tedious workplaces. Anyway, they are just jealous because I conquered my paranoia.

Being insulted or having offensive remarks made about you - 16.2% Is that all? Where are the Alex Fergusons of yesteryear?

Being treated in a disrespectful or rude way - 24.8%. Wanting respect doesn't mean you are going to get it....

People excluding you from their group - 8.7%. Maybe they are social lepers.

Hints or signals from others that you should quit your job - 8.1%. Given the staff turnover at most places, that is quite low, frankly.

Persistent criticism of your work or performance which is unfair 13.4%. And this is assessed by the criticised, not the critic?

Teasing, mocking, sarcasm or jokes which go too far - 13.2% Surprised it is that low. Maybe those delicate sensibilities lead to 'People excluding you from their group'.

Being shouted at or someone losing their temper with you. 25.9% Yup, that has happened to me on a few occasions, and mostly I deserved it. As did the people I cursed out.


Buried deep in the report is this brace of gems: working in the public sector increased negative behaviour by 57 per cent / working in the third sector increased negative behaviour by 118 per cent. Hilarity ensues.

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