These sub-pages will contain “How To Cards” for Pret A Manger that are missing in their repertoire, especially HR to do the “right thing naturally”. Pret’s HR department is a vital instrument in people’s struggle to get fair treatment. I have never experienced such toxic environment under this HR department, and my aim to better my situation as well as that of my colleagues was a wake-up call that nothing can be changed under a toxic HR department, in a toxic company, under toxic leadership. The head of HR wanted me to raise grievances if I had any more issues (the bullying continued but nothing was changed). So I continued to raise grievances while traumatized and on autopilot.
It was a waste of time, but I learned a lot, certainly how corrupt and non-caring this company and department is towards hard-working people who become an inconvenience when bereaved.
Side note: I had 10 grievance, appeals, then disciplinary and dismissal hearings. Each hearing was held with 2 people (one Hearing Manager and one HR Person taking notes), 20 people in all. Out of the 20 people in 10 hearings only 3 were men! They chose 17 women to hold these meetings! I leave it up to the reader to speculate what this may mean.
How to use 17 Women out of 20 People in HR Hearings against 1 woman.
How to use a Development Manager who isn’t HR Personnel to conduct a disciplinary, lying that she had a brother who died alone and wasn’t found for days … like my brother did.
How To Exhaust the HR Department
(Pret’s (then) Head of HR, now UK Director of People, said in the end that I “exhausted the HR department” with all the grievances I raised. He prompted me to raise grievances after refusing to change the climate at work and make higher Managers responsible who bullied me.)
How to Keep Mislabelling Food after Customers have Died.
How to Put Large Transparent Bin Bags Full of still eatable Food in the Streets while giving some food donations to charity as a PR[et] stunt.
Coming soon: How to listen to customers’ and employees’ warnings to label food so that no-one dies.
I worked at Pret A Manger and survived systemic workplace bullying during bereavement that involved HR, the top leadership, HQ and even the now “retired” former CEO Clive Schlee. I declined 4 settlement offers if I am silent about my ordeal. But I rather speak out to help others. For an overview of important blog entries of my experience with Pret, please visit “My Ordeal with Pret A Manger”. The little arrow to the right next to each heading will lead directly to the post.
An incomplete list on what other Pret staff say about Pret’s bullying environment: Caught in the Act Bullying at Pret.
I tell my story for the first time verbally in below audio player interview on a podcast by The Adam Paradox, and wrote two articles in the Scottish Left Review.
Thank you for reading/listening.
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