The BBC undertook a survey of City workers last month and the results are disturbing. 56% of those polled are said to have confirmed that 'the Square Mile' is a place where racism, sexism, verbal abuse and violence is rife. A TV documentary, 'The City Exposed', followed on BBC Three last week.
The poll revealed that 31% of City workers questionned said that that they had suffered bullying or some kind of discrimination at work and that around half confirmed that their work environment was hostile and stressful. So, with around 300,000 City workers coming into town each day, just how many did the BBC ask ? How big was their sample audience, the one that they have based their amazing revelations on ? Well the answer, it seems, is just 331. That is the number of men and women who are said to have taken part in the poll. Some sample.
Of course problems of this nature exist in the City - as they do most anywhere. There is bullying, harrassment and discrimination going on - it will be almost impossible to eradicate it everywhere. But City firms are generally doing more than they have ever done before to stamp out behaviour of this kind. It is rarely institutionalized and generally something practiced by stupid individuals or small groups of rogue employees.
No City firm wants to make the headlines for all the wrong reasons and Human Resources departments and senior management throughout the Square Mile are coming to grips with these issues. Although there is no reason to be complacent and firms can always do more, the problems are not as rife as some might suggest. There is an awareness of the issues and a keen appetite to make the City a better place to work. More certainly needs to be done, but the City does deserve some recognition for the work that it is doing to stamp out undesirable behaviour within the workforce. But trying is put something right generally doesn't make for good headlines.