Organisation - April 1, 2010

Workers' Council wants investigation of intimidation

Employees will be asked in an anonymous survey whether they feel intimidated.

'Don’t accept intimidation!’
Employees will be asked in an anonymous survey whether they feel intimidated.
The topic 'intimidation at work' will be included in the Employees' Monitor at the request of the Central Workers' Council. The monitor is a biannual, anonymous survey, which is due to be carried out again among all Wageningen UR employees early in June.
Chairman Cees van Dijk: 'We are hearing stories that there are employees who feel intimidated. We want to find out more about this. The Employees' Monitor is a good way of doing that as this survey is anonymous.'
Van Dijk doesn't wish to say what he has heard. 'That is all confidential, but direct information and discussions with the local Workers' Councils have led us to believe this issue is important enough to include in the monitor.'
It is unclear whether the incidents of intimidation are becoming more serious or more frequent. Last year in Velp, an angry student threatened a lecturer. VHL has commissioned a study, currently in progress, into how often students and staff feel harassed. The university and DLO counsellors report once a year on various matters including intimidation. Their findings are confidential.

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