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Bullying – Ms Pratt should have kept her mouth shut

February 23, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

In the UK, extensive media coverage has been given to the allegations of bullying in Gordon Brown’s office. These allegations were disclosed by Christine Pratt, the founder of the National Bullying Helpline.

I know what it’s like to be bullied. I was recently forced to leave my job in the public sector due to bullying and I still have the psychological scars of my experience.

People who ring the bullying helpline assume they are speaking to someone in confidence. By breaking that confidence, Ms Pratt has placed those people in a difficult position. If there really is a bullying culture in Mr Brown’s office, his office will track down the source of those calls and those employees will suffer reprisals for ‘bringing their employer into disrepute’ – because that’s how it works in a bullying culture.  In an environment where bullying is prevalent, bullying is the elephant in the room that everyone pretends not to see and woe betides the person who points out the elephant.

Christine Pratt, who claims to have been bullied in the past, should have known better than to pull a stunt like this. But then, her latest antics will come as no surprise to those who are already familiar with the questionable tactics she uses to drive business from the helpline to HR & Diversity Management, her commercial interest.

I think Christine Pratt shot herself in the foot with this one. Who would want to ring the bullying helpline now?

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