In the course of my 30-year-long business career I once found myself working in a company, and once for an individual boss, I loathed. On both occasions, I resigned. Why won’t women do the same thing? In my view, it’s partly because they’re more risk-averse than men. You have to laugh at the current claims by many female BBC presenters that they could earn more with private sector broadcasters. I invite them to resign, then see what they’re worth in the real world.
Women want the high incomes and perks that come with some lines of work, but without associated pressures. As always, women want the upside of everything, and the downside of nothing. To their minds, they shouldn’t have to adapt to pressurised work environments, those environments should adapt to their preferences.
I’ve been reflecting on this following a Law Society Gazette article sent to me by Chloe. Extracts:
The Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal has criticised a firm for creating an atmosphere where a junior lawyer said she was ‘terrified’ of admitting her mistakes.
Sovani Ramona James, who worked at the time for south east firm McMillan Williams, was found to have acted dishonestly in creating and backdating letters to give the impression that a clinical negligence case was progressing.
James’s misconduct had included dating four letters for opponents and medical experts as September 2014, when metadata on the firm’s computer system found they were created in November that year. The misconduct was only detected after James, 34, left the firm in 2015.
But the tribunal opted against striking her off the roll after concluding her primary motivation was ‘fear’ of the consequences from the firm’s management of the discovery of her wrongdoing… [J4MB: This is tortuous logic, because vagina. Her primary motivation for the wrongdoing was ‘fear’ that management would discover her wrongdoing. That makes sense… in the context of not holding women properly accountable, anyway.]
The tribunal heard that James had been warned in an email in 2012 that she had recorded 75 hours short of her target of 1,440 hours for the previous year. Her target was subsequently increased for the next year to 1,515 hours.
A letter from managing partner Colum Smith in April 2013 said her record showed ‘fundamental problems’ with her time recording and it was assumed she would be working every weekend and long hours during the week to catch up.
This letter, the tribunal said, was ‘threatening and harassing in tone’, with the intention of frightening James into compliance and showing no interest in any pressures she was under. [J4MB emphasis]
The tribunal’s judgment said that awareness and openness around mental health issues had increased in recent years and law firms should be more alert to the warning signs… [J4MB: Is it a “mental health issue” when an employee cannot cope with the culture in which (s)he works?]
The tribunal heard that James lost a significant amount of weight during the period in question, her hair fell out in clumps and she would break down in tears.