Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Silly Cow

I haven’t tried a Three Word Wednesday for a while. This week’s words are brutal, grope and transfer.

It was a fact of life that in the copy room, the corridors and the work functions he would come on to the women, and brush too close, and have a grope when he could. He was the boss.

The women in the office policed each other, preventing complaint or dissent. If one of the girls didn’t accept things, the results were brutal. Name-calling and isolation were immediate. Reports came to the boss of things she’d said about him, some of them true. Life became hell for the silly cow, until she left the company. She wouldn’t dare ask for a reference.

There was no way out. Tiffany tried; she was a single mum, and couldn’t afford too much dignity. She asked for a transfer within the company, and was offered a role in Mongolia. She shrugged and took it. Her career took off from there, and she eventually became the VP of Human Resources, global. Things started to change.


oldegg said...

This is almost like historical fiction. I hate to think that the lessons learned 20-30 years ago have been forgotten. I'm glad she was a winner.

Sheilagh Lee said...

I'm glad she was the winner. It's not fun working for someone who harasses you

Bernard S. Jansen said...

@oldegg: I think we go up and down when it comes to learning lessons. You still here of this sort of thing, but it's less common, and more scandalous.

@Sheilagh: Thanks for your comment. I've never experienced harassment from an employer. I'm not sure I've even witnessed it. I can only imagine it would be hard.