David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren · 1 min. Lesezeit · ~10 ·

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Bullying at work: the day after

Bullying at work: the day after

176d8075.jpgTonnes of words have been written about the negative effects of bullying on business.

Some companies’ leaders are prone to promote them, thinking we are still at medieval ages, and that workers are merely slaves with no dignity rights. Surprisingly enough, most of the fortune 100 companies, if not all, use this “strategy”.

As long as there are “available slaves”, they can go on mistreating them, and when one is burned, they pick another.

This is very true in countries, like mine, Spain, on which there is a high rate of unemployment. At the time I am writing this, many Spaniards are supposed to work extra hours without being paid for them, at terrible pressure, and of course, endless bullying. If you quite, next 5 minutes other 200 people will apply for the job, happily.

However, there are collateral effects that can be difficult to heal, and sometimes, impossible to revert.

The combination of suffering contempt, and feeling fear can make very deep scars. And not only psychologically.

Let me put a contrasting example.

After some 3 years trying to find a decent work, I moved to Germany one year ago and joined a company (we are about 80 workers). The second week I was in, it was very hot, and the owner’s secretary came to us with an ice cream for each of the workers, together with an apologise from the owner because we had to work with such temperature. I needed to go to a corner to cry of happiness, thinking about the bad conditions I had in my country.

The amount of details of this kind the owner has with his workers is countless. And this extends to his division responsible. I am one who while working, like to whistle or humbling. Last week I had a sore throat, so not in the mood of humbling. My supervisor called me to his office, and asked: “are you ok? You seem more quiet than usual.”

The sum of the citizens makes a country.

If a country has “enslaved” citizens, will have companies which will give mediocre results.

On the contrary, if a country has citizens who feel protected, cherished by the companies, the last ones will give outstanding results.

And this is the collateral effect I am pointing out.

A country cannot expect to allow their citizens being “enslaved” or “bullied”, and being surprised having their economy going down.

Am I wrong, or legislators should hardly punish “modern enslavement” for the sake of the country’s economy?


Sarah Elkins

vor 7 Jahren #11

Sad and true, David, and not just in Spain. We see this lack of respect and compassion in organizations all over the world. I'm not sure it's a government-related issue as much as it's a greed-related issue. Without care for our people, we have nothing. Thanks for sharing your perspective and your story.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #10

Thank you @Renée Cormier about the info. I have seen some films of Michael Moore, and I find him a very brave man. I´ll look for it on Netflix. Sadly enough, forgetting how to live is already pandemic. I consider myself fortunate as I come from a very humble family, on which those things are still the priority.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #9

People like Javier beBee. Since 1939 we had a dictator who ruled Spain until 1975, and left everything settled to keep the country under his "premises", starting with the coming back of King Juan Carlos to the thrown. The founders of the actual political party ruling our country were formerly the ministers of Franco's regime. I agree completely that "Spain needs a transition in Government" And it seems something is really moving already. But it will take time. In the other hand, having been under so bad conditions along so many years, could be the reason why Spaniards use to be like they are. They (we) had no other alternative than being creative, and resolutive, able to make a lot with nothing in our hands.

Lisa Gallagher

vor 7 Jahren #8

David Navarro L\u00f3pez, the statistics are sad!! I hope in time Spain will see a resurgence with new jobs and companies. beBee is one example of a company who is growing and if I recall a few other big names are to follow. It sounds like Spain needs a transition in Government. The rich do rule and it happens in the US too. I wish all companies in Spain would treat their employees as beBee does. I bring them up because that's what I'm familiar with. I see the US is number 1 and China listed #2, according to GDP.

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #7

yeah. I got them from Flickr

David Navarro López

vor 7 Jahren #6

Dear Lisa Gallagher , yes they can do it, and much more. Senior people who complain will be fired and in his place two other juniors will be hired for the same price of one senior...but instead of having a long term contract, maybe they get one week or one month of contract. So if they don't like the applicant, the company just waits...furthermore, the government is bonusing these type of contracts. The result: one third of the working force of Spain is unemployed. 20% of Spanish families are into the so called "deep powerty edge". 50% of young people will not have any possibility to get their first job. None. Between 2008 and 2015, 12,8 Million Spaniards have migrated looking for a job. Spain has on 2016 46.5 Million inhabitants (inmigrants included) Active population 2016, 18,3 million. This means Spain has lost since 2008, compared to today, the 40% of its working force. You can see al this data at INE.es (national institute of Estatistic). (they have english version) In the mean time, politicians are getting more and more rich. The amount they got on corruption last year is quite similar to the education budged of Spain for the same period. And guess what: Spain is the 11th economy of the world. How can it be? simple: Spain is heading the european list on economical disparity. 0,1 of spaniards have the 90% of the richness of the country. AL Capone, at least, admitted he was a criminal.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman

vor 7 Jahren #5

Sharing to Human Resources

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman

vor 7 Jahren #4

Happy employees are more productive. Inhumane treatment of employees is a major cog in the downfall of an organization.

Oscar Montejo Rodriguez

vor 7 Jahren #3

Horas extra, festivos no pagados, prorateo en todo lo prorateable.... Un lujazo,vamos.... Y asi estamos,amigo...

Lisa Gallagher

vor 7 Jahren #2

Wow David Navarro L\u00f3pez, this was very informative. I guess many times we never think of how working conditions vary from one country to another. It's sad that Spain does not pay for required extra hours- beyond sad, it seems inhumane. Can they do this to anyone there? I have friends from Germany and after speaking in detail to them my views totally changed about Germany. I feel even the US lacks in area that Germany may be ahead in. Thanks for sharing this!! I had tears just reading it.

Ali Anani

vor 7 Jahren #1

Dear David Navarro L\u00f3pez- in difficult times the true leaders emerge. They don't compound crisis and find ways to lessen them. They know that workers working under stress will produce less, and therefore they care to offer a cooling ice cream. It is saddening that managers don't realize basic realities. In fact, if they slave workers they tighten the rope o themselves instead of making the business grow and be able to recruit more people. To have a job in difficult times is to be more human and not the other way round. We were born free.

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