workplace bullying and harassment

Your medical file and your rights

Several of you got in touch with Generation 2004, concerned about difficulties in accessing your own medical files.  You have the right to verify, modify or delete your  administrative data, all you have to do is ‘apply to the Head of the Medical Service … The results of medical examinations and the diagnosis cannot be altered, but you may add your own comments.’ (Point 5, Information note on data protection, 2017). Continue reading Your medical file and your rights

2021 appraisal and promotion/reclassification exercises conference

Recording of the conference.

2021 is fast approaching and with it are the appraisal and promotion/reclassification[1] exercises (Indicative timetable: 7-9 January 2021 ​Launch of self-assessments). It is crucial to understand these important administrative processes because they dictate how your career will progress.

Generation 2004 organises a conference to explain these two processes and offer tips on how to prepare your self-assessment and your one-on-one interview with your reporting officer. Continue reading 2021 appraisal and promotion/reclassification exercises conference

Generation 2004 deals with harassment

Workplace bullying/harassment/‘mobbing’ is a complex matter. What one person considers as proper behavior, another may perceive to be harassment. In many cases, the lines are not sharply defined. Harassment can take various forms, such as: degrading comments (often in public), offensive behavior, refusal to communicate, neglect, excluding someone or threatening remarks.

So, how to know whether a situation in the EU workplace is harassment? According to the Staff Regulations, Article 12a: harassment is ‘any improper conduct that takes place over a period, is repetitive or systematic and involves physical behaviour, spoken or written language, gestures or other acts that are intentional and that may undermine the personality, dignity or physical or psychological integrity of any person.’ Note that with this definintion anyone can be the target of bullying behaviour and that we all have the right to work without harassment.  We mention this since it is often perceived that the term ‘harassment’ covers only ‘protected characteristics’ e.g. gender/pregnancy/sexual orientation/religion/age/disability/family status and that if a person has none of these then that person cannot be harassed. Continue reading Generation 2004 deals with harassment