Any rumors of cuts coming??
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The ethics line is useless! The person in charge of filtering through any complaints is the biggest bully of them all!
Terrible leadership, terrible culture, and I’m ashamed to tell anyone I even work there. I wish they let me go.
Goody. Al loves lay-off time. It makes for the kind of dog-eat-dog culture he flourishes in. Also creates all kinds of excellent work for Enbridge’s U.S.-based consultants.
Next lay-off round in March 2020 stay vigilant folks !!back up your sh– and make sure you’re at least mentally prepared and have a years worth of savings.
1 person does not make a group.
They let a small group in the TIS group go last week in Houston.
Interesting comments regarding bullying. I have experienced bullying at Enbridge and witness it frequently. But it is subtle. If you’re not tuned into what’s happening you could miss it. It’s also easy for the bully to deny. If you’re paying attention, though, it’s just as bad as any overt bullying you may see. Probably more so. I’ve seen it destroy people and diminish their careers. HR is powerless against this type of bullying and in fact enables it.
Ottawa dispatch closing December.
I have seen people fired for standing up to bullies. If the bully is your PL or if the bully is someone your PL is protecting, you are in a tough spot.
The bullying in my department is difficult for me to watch. It is fairly mild but I know it is hurtful. If I said anything I would be out of my VPs good books.
In my experience at Enbridge, the bullying you are experiencing is purposeful and encouraged. It’s designed to unhinge a certain percentage of employees by destroying their confidence and helps unethical employees rise to the top.
Physical abuse is so much easier to prove. Mental abuse and non-physical bullying can go on for decades without anything being done. Especially in a workplace, such as Enbridge, where bullies are put in positions of power. Don’t know what can be done.
Fleet will be let go in early 2020.
Exclusion is a common bullying tactic. It’s a way of exerting power. Your boss sounds like a sociopath.
Exclusions from meetings is considered bullying?
What a time to be alive.
Tread carefully and get some good advice from a professional. Bullies’ deep psychological wounds enable them to be vicious in ways that normal people would never consider.
Sounds like SOP - from Ralphie in the Christmas story “ You were either a bully, a toady, or one of the Endless rabble left in their wake “
Public insults and criticisms, exclusion from important meetings, favouritism among team members, mild but frequent verbal abuse, downplaying of the accomplishments of non-favourites, regular undermining of the decisions and actions of non-favourites. All “justified.”
Nothing that would alarm HR, but these actions create in me and certain colleagues an overall feeling of fear, mistrust and desire to stay in bed each day. I have come to hate my boss.
What actually happens in workplace bullying can you provide an example? Obviously it can't be physical
So true. Once you get a chance to know a bully at a deeper-than-superficial level, you will see a profoundly unhappy person.
Having been both a bully and a victim, I can say with absolute certainty that neither are happy places to be. Both are miserable and both make for a miserable workplace. Bullying is a slippery slope. The more you allow, the more you get. I encourage anyone being bullied to confront the person bullying you and let it be known that you are not a victim. Start by documenting everything. Note the people who witnessed the bullying.
Know that bullies need victims. Until you stand up to a bully, you are the victim. But if the bully is your boss, be prepared to lose your job when you stand up. Because bullies are experts at making their victims look like they have done something wrong. Bullies know how to turn the tables on you.
Smart bullies (which are the kind Enbridge hires) get away with a lot, that is to be sure. They know how exactly how far they can go without being called out. But I have witnessed them inflict deep damage on culture and employee productivity. Sounds like you are the victim of one of our smart bullies. The worst kind.
Sorry to hear about your experience. Work is a lot of krappy things we need to endure to make a living. However bullying should not be a part of life. Hope you get a better situation soon.
I doubt the people answering the ethics line would take seriously a bunch of small incidents that most people would just brush off, but that, taken as a whole, create an overall sick feeling among those of us being harassed. The actions I would be reporting are really nothing, and don’t cross any lines. They just make me want to stay home and avoid meetings. What do you do with that? Nothing. So it continues.
Use the ethics line? Reporting harassment is a legitimate use of that service.
Report bullying to bullies. Interesting strategy.
If you are seeing bullying or are being bullied you must report it.
Agree. Still a lot of sadness among employees and mean spiritedness in management. Al’s way of doing business.
Still seeing (and hearing) employees crying in washrooms and witnessing bullying.
Too busy working my a– off to worry about the next layoff. Its beyond my control.
TIS is going to be hammered again either in November or January. The cloud RFP goes much much further than just infrastructure. A beleaguered, beaten and micromanaged group of employees are about to get turfed. Priority is the innovation lab which needs to be funded by saving costs by going offshore for other services. Ironically, the IL has not delivered any measurable tangible benefits to the business - they do fun & cool stuff, but nothing to deliver real value - poof of concepts that don't go anywhere. Even if they could deliver something, it would end up being supported by offshore resources and subsequently the business value will then quickly plummet and end up costing money.
Only leadership will remain with their heads in the cloud along with the infrastructure. Terrible fate for those who committed many years of service to end up being used as pawns by multiple leadership groups that can never get it right. In Ontario, minimum severance must be paid within two weeks even if you want to sue for more. Severance is not only calculated by years of service, depending on age, position and chances of finding similar employment in your region, the amount of severance can be much higher than what the company will be offering - good legal counsel will help navigate these issues. Always put yourself first and fight for what is right for you.
Doesn't Enb have to find 1 billion in cost savings for 2020 ? No major projects for 2020 I heard? Doesn't this alone spell layoffs coming?
Who would be cut? Anyone hear about customer care dept?????
One thing is for sure. No cuts in Infrastructure Planning. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if my team gets more people. There is money to spend, it's just allocated more carefully now to the groups that actually add value to Enbridge.
Agreed. October and March are favoured layoff months.
EGI and the shared services that support it still have major layoffs to come. Its just common sense. I would assume sometime around March.
Just small cuts. But a very unhappy culture indeed.
I think we're good. Enbridge is on the upswing again.
No more big bang just small bang here and there. That way no attention