UKEmploymentfilter: What was the point of the meeting my boss had with me today?
As described in this question
, I have filed a formal grievance at work. The resolution I am seeking is that the company conduct a formal stress assessment as recommended by the Health and Safety Executive.
The next step in the company's grievance policy is a meeting between me, the HR manager (A) and the company's health and safety manager (B).
B has already emailed me and said that I was the only employee from my location who has complained about stress, and that he would not accept hearsay or word of mouth such as 'Everyone feels this way'.
Since B won't accept my word about it, and since B refuses to do a formal survey, I decided to do a survey myself. I passed it out this morning, putting one on everyone's desk before the work day started. I wrote and printed it at home, and did not use company resources in any way. I took great care to be professional in the wording, and did not mention the formal complaint. There was a note on the bottom of the survey asking them to pass it back to me if they wished to participate. I did not badger anyone in any way. I got over 25% of them back.
This afternoon, my manager (C) called me into a meeting to say that they thought it was 'inappropriate' for me to do this. He then admitted that he knew they couldn't stop me from doing it, or take up the surveys that were still floating around. But he kept insisting it was inappropriate. I asked him why, and the only thing he could come up with was that the company should be the one doing the survey. I pointed out that A and B had already flat out refused to do a survey. He then said I should have waited until the next formal meeting in the grievance procedure. I said I was doing it before that meeting so that I could take the evidence with me.
So what was the real purpose of this meeting? "Oh hey, you, that thing you are doing. We're not allowed to stop you doing it, but it's inappropriate for you to do it." WTF?
Some further points that may or may not be relevant:
* C did not initiate the meeting. C's boss told him to have the meeting with me. I'm pretty sure that C's preference would have been to ignore everything.
* Nearly every meeting I've had in respect of the formal grievance has ended with me in tears. I managed to hold back in this one, mostly because it was so absurd. But a paranoid part of me is saying 'They know meetings make you cry, so they told C to have a meeting about it.'
* Management does not know the results of the survey, but they probably guess (correctly) that it indicates that I was right when I said it wasn't just me.
Are they just trying to intimidate me? Is this bullying? Is there some possibility I'm missing? Management incompetence? I just can't see what the company gets out of this meeting.