By Corey Moss
Make sure you read Part 1.
So many in business have been bullied, harassed and marginalized – I hear and read stories of people who wake up and hate the fact that they have to get in their car, or get on the train or bus to go to the office. I hear of totally toxic environments where managers do nothing but criticize, while they put down people ten times more knowledgable than them. I’ve talked to people about the entrepreneurial route, some have asked me about it and I always say it’s rewarding, but never easy. We grind, we’re creative, we have to be.
I refer here in Part 2 to a personal business incident – one of harassment, bullying and even marginalizing.
There’s really a whole lot to be said, however not to put myself in a second legal jeopardy situation (where the first one was utterly frivolous – and costly in many ways) – I will say this in terms of that situation:
I had had enough of the political machinations and games being played after the years I had been there, that to go along with a very important member of the team being squeezed out – or should I say fired in a power play. I stayed for a little while, and then decided to hand in my resignation. It’s proper procedure, and anyone has the right to do so in this way. I was basically told I could leave now, which was fine with me. I already had another opportunity lined up.
Yet what was to follow could only be described as nothing short of bizarre – it involved an expired document, and an ask for my own device that the company had no legal grounds for. Yet the harassment continued, even bordering on constant bullying. Imagine for a minute, instead of real work getting done, this company would all huddle together in the conference room only inviting the “friendlys” (of the company’s employees) – and no one else. If you’ve ever gone through such insanity, trust me – I feel your pain.
Now, if anyone in business (or in a situation like being at a trade show) just thinks they can ignore procedure, and even legalities, and harass and bully anyone they please – that will be a sad mistake facing them one day. It’s taken me 10 long years to get only a small part of this story out of my head and onto paper.
For those who have been harassed, bullied and marginalized – I for one have felt your pain in certain ways, and I know many others have too.
There was another incident that I won’t go into, other than to say being called unethical was possibly one of the most stinging moments of my life. That was wholly unforgivable.
I hope those of you out there, like Kate and Brandy, will continue to share when you are bullied, harassed or marginalized. I have the opportunity to do it with a blank page converted to the type-written word, as well as social media to put it on. You do too – you’re welcome to do it here, or on the publication of your choice. But just know that we are here for you.
Speak out, even if you want to reach out to me – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enough is enough. Join up – let’s take that to the bank.
With over 20 years in audio visual integration and IT/computer sales and consulting, Corey Moss is the owner of Convergent AV Media. Corey writes for the publication and hosts/produces podcasts – The AV Life, Convergent Tech Talk, Convergent Week and The AV Tech Trade. He has written for numerous industry publications about AV, IT, unified communications and collaboration (UCC), cloud and software, IoT, cybersecurity and more. He has also conducted interviews with AV and IT executives and global influencers. Find him talking about a whole lot of things, tech and otherwise. On LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/mosscorey/.