Several months back, I started a new job. On my first day, I had a pretty big issue with another employee. I won’t get into it here, because it’s a long story, but to put it simply he tried a bunch of intimidation tactics on me and I didn’t put up with it. Not only did I stand up to him, I reported him to HR the next day. They acted very concerned and absolutely assured me that I would hear back from them within 2 days, no matter what. They stated this multiple times.
I never heard from them.
Independent of HR, I worked it out with management to work remotely, so I haven’t seen the guy since then, and I’ve long since put the incident behind me.
Fast forward to today. I had to talk to another co-worker in the office about something, and she asked me how that whole thing played out. I told her I never heard anything. She said that this guy has a long, documented history of doing this to people, but no one will stand up to him, and his other co-workers always ultimately end up defending him because they think that deep down he’s a good guy, albeit with major flaws.
So what did HR do this time? They required a “bullying in the workplace course.” Not a bad idea, right? Except that they only required one person from each department to attend, and, well . . .
. . . wait for it . . .
. . . you know it’s coming . . .
it wasn’t him.