“Their (Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill’s) story is a kind of love story. There was an early period of scepticism and courting from the invasion of Poland to Pearl Harbor; once America was in the war, Churchill and FDR spent two years in a grand pageant of personal intimacy and diplomacy. But there is no doubt their friendship helped win the war.”
Public sector organisations often find it difficult to collaborate, be it at the local, regional or national level. Similar to Roosevelt and Churchill, the conditions are often set so as to promote a focus on issues closer to home.
According to research by NHS Employers, 20% of NHS staff report that they have been bullied by other staff. 30% indicated that they had some element of psychological distress. Managers and supervisors were perceived to be the most common source (51%).
What drives, seemingly normal people, who work in a compassionate profession and are probably lovely outside of work, to behave in a bullying manner in the workplace? My guess is that it is based in fear.