Another Environment Agency Officer and two more operators joins the ranks of the bullied and disenfranchised. Seems little has changed in the past 2 years, which means neither senior management or government officials have taken steps to deal with what has been highlighted here and elsewhere. There is still a bullying culture, of both internal employees, the general public and operators. This needs to be dealt with!
I work as an Environment Officer for the EA, I started in X. They pride themselves in being an equal and fair employee who take care of their staff but I have seen how some get good treatment and others do not at all. I have witnessed corruption and unfairness throughout.
I am also a victim of bullying from a more senior colleague who has worked for the agency for 20 years, I was partnered with them early on and they were meant to be my coach however they belittle and controls me and does not want me to progress. They want me to be their skivvy and undermines me and makes me feel incompetent. My self esteem and confidence is depleted, I feel like I’m not good for anything. I have brought the issue to the attention of the area manager and my team leader. My team leader has just shoved it to one side and told me to move on and get over it and that I will always have to work with them as they are only part time and I cover the 2 days they don’t work.
I don’t have much hope in a resolve as it feels like ranks are closing round me.
It’s not just myself that is affected by this culture it has happened to other colleagues on other teams whilst others get gold treatment. It really is a case of if your face doesn’t fit you become downtrodden or even worse they aim to get you moved or sacked.
I hope this is the kind of thing you mean, I’m happy to give more info I have loads of stories!!
Not sure what to do apart from leave the organisation!“
Another operator gets the bullying and incompetence treatment:
I hope you don’t mind the email, but I’m looking for some assistance in proving failings within the EA.
I just wondered if you have come across any cases where people have successfully challenged them for obstruction, unfair investigation/treatment, restricting growth of a business and/or a lack of impartiality?
We are currently experiencing all of the above issues and are no longer able to speak to our local officer as they correctly contradicted something an investigative officer had advised.
Are you aware of any internal procedures/policies that they should be following when a company is under investigation? Should they still support our business in other matters? After all we are still paying for the privilege. They also have told others within the EA that we are acting illegally (which isn’t the case – they have been given incorrect information by a third party) and they have informed companies that we usually do business with therefore permanently harming our reputation.
We simply can’t move on as a business and it has been this way for over a year, so I’m trying to compile any examples of failings of Government Bodies (not just the EA) and am trying to find any case law or successful challenges out there that would support our claims. I haven’t found any thus far, so thought I’d get in touch on the off chance you may have something you could help me with please? I’m starting to clutch at straws so would be grateful of any advice!
But they aren’t alone: