Complaint Review: National Railroad Passenger Corp - Amtrak -
National Railroad Passenger Corp - Amtrak Workplace Bullying and Harassment from Amtrak Managers and Supervisors.
*UPDATE Employee: NYC OBS - It is often said that people do not leave bad jobs – They leave bad managers!
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*UPDATE Employee: The absolute worst manager at Amtrak (AJR)?
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Workplace Bullying and Harassment from Amtrak Managers and Supervisors.
Defined: Workplace bullying refers to repeated, unreasonable actions of individuals (or a group) directed towards an employee (or a group of employees), which is intended to manipulate, intimidate and creates a risk to the health and safety of the employee(s).
We all have memories of the grade school and high school bullies we’d like to leave behind and hopefully never come across again. Sadly at times, the bullying doesn’t end after graduation from grade school or high school, it often enters the workplace. In my case it carried over to the workplace, my workplace, Amtrak.
Never before have I worked for a company where its managers and supervisors put so much emphasis on disciplining its employees to an unreasonable extreme. Workplace bullying at Amtrak is frighteningly common daily and takes an enormous toll on our fellow coworkers. We have transitioned from serving the public to covering our (CYA’s) and defensive work practices, just to protect our jobs.
One of the main differences between schoolyard bullying and Amtrak bullying is that it tends to be less physically harmful, physically and more psychological and verbal in nature. People speak up about schoolyard bullying, sadly no one speaks up about it at Amtrak out of fear of intimidation, harassment, retaliation and even being fired. Employees are forbidden by managers and supervisors to discuss Amtrak outside of Amtrak and we are warned daily on this. I have seen my fellow coworkers disciplined, demoted and even fired for speaking up.
The reality is Mr. Anderson, though he has a lot on his plate is just as responsible as the bullying manager(s) Bullying by managers and supervisors cannot happen without approval from someone above them. The biggest problem with this at Amtrak is usually that someone higher up likes them, or some other nonsensical reason and the torch of abuse is handed down from one manager/supervisor to the next. This constant abuse from managers and supervisors is also associated with negative work-related responses, reduced commitment to work, feel dissatisfied with our jobs, fear in dealing with customers, unnecessary stress at work and at home, our relationships, insecurity, and even going out on disability. Most of us here have witnessed ssome/all of this and more.
Here are a few examples of bullying tactics that go on daily.
Shame and guilt
Pitting employees against each other
Removal of responsibility
Demoting and Disqualifying
Impossible or changing expectations
Constant changes and inconsistency
Withholding documents, information
Harassment complaints brushed under the carpet
Gaslighting & Ghost lighting
Projection of blame
Creating a feeling of uselessness
Spreading false information on employees
Criticizing a person persistently or constantly
Belittling a person's opinions
Unwarranted (or undeserved) punishment
Blocking applications for training or promotion.
Tampering with a person's personal belongings.
How they cover themselves from the above acts. If you are not favored by certain managers you are written up constantly, disciplined and profiled as a bad employee, tormented and targeted, demoted/disqualified and everything they ever wrote you up on, tossed in front of you and possibly terminated from the company.
You go to a in house Amtrak hearing with the manager that does not like you as the charging officer, witnesses that are instructed on what to say against you and an arbitrator that is employed by the company, who will most likely rule in the managers favor. A few months later your case is presented to Labor Relations who once again will rule in the managers favor. All systematically put in place to lead to your termination from the company.
Sadly, there is no law against bullying in the workplace by managers. But, fortunately in the absence of federal legislation prohibiting generic manager bullying, several states are considering legislation that would provide bullied employees with a claim for damages if they can prove that they suffered mental or physical harm as a result of the bullying. A number of states have introduced workplace anti-bullying bills in recent years.
I encourage my fellow coworkers to stand up to the bullies and do not handle it internally and take it outside the company. The same manager(s) that are in fact responsible for the act of bullying will make sure it falls on deaf ears when handled internally. This has been my experience on a number of occasions as well as the experience of many others throughout the years. I encourage you to take it outside Amtrak to the following websitess - www.workplacebullying.org, www.eeoc.gov, or other similar sites (Please research).
I believe that building employees' strengths is a far more effective approach to improving performance than trying to improve weaknesses. When employees know and use their strengths, they are more engaged, perform better, and are less likely to leave the company, voluntarily or otherwise.
I am not the only one that feels this way, just click on the link below.
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