Workers Are “Bullying” Their Bosses For Pay Raises While Working From Home

  • The pandemic-induced trend of working from home has led to an increase in employees bullying their superiors and blackmailing their bosses for pay rises.
  • “It’s been an issue for the past few years, but where it started gaining momentum is during COVID. In particular, having employees working from home or remotely.”
  • “Another example was a secretary who had power over organising Zoom lunches but was leaving out newer senior employees because they couldn’t be bothered connecting with them.”

Toby Crockford from Brisbane Times writes:

“The pandemic-induced trend of working from home has led to an increase in employees bullying their superiors and blackmailing their bosses for pay rises, a Queensland workplace lawyer says.

Jonathan Mamaril, a director of Brisbane law firm NB Lawyers who has been involved in industrial relations cases within local and national companies, said the issue happened “across the board”.

He said he had been involved in an array of recent cases involving disputes stemming from working-from-home practices.

“It’s been an issue for the past few years, but where it started gaining momentum is during COVID. In particular, having employees working from home or remotely,” Mr Mamaril said.

“There have been a few examples lately … in these cases, this behaviour is not just happening once, it is happening constantly.

“We had a middle manager deliberately leaving their manager out of invites to team or Zoom meetings on the basis they had forgotten.

“However, they were actually undermining their [manager’s] authority and questioning their competency because that person [middle manager] had applied for the same managerial position and missed out.

“Another example was a secretary who had power over organising Zoom lunches but was leaving out newer senior employees because they couldn’t be bothered connecting with them….”

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