I know that there are people that are wanting so badly to tell their story to whoever will listen. Citizen lobbyists are needed at the forefront in the battle against workplace bullies. But a very interesting comment in a Yahoo! Group that I belong to offered some advice that we all should heed:
your intentions may be honorable but personally I wouldn’t get involved unless I knew your full name, explicit details of who your educational establishment is, who is monitoring your work and better contact info.
I think this is very good advice. I know people who have been set up by former employers/bullies to “spill their guts” under what they thought were legitimate circumstances only to fall prey to new bullying tactics by their former tormentors. Lesson to be learned here – speak up to people, but make sure you have a good handle on who it is you are speaking with, what their intentions are and who they are working for or with. Make sure all bases are covered so that you remain protected – you’ve been through enough already!
Finally – if giving interviews, I would insist on a signed, written release that explicitly states what the purpose of the interview is, who will see the information and how the information will be shared, and, if possible, a release from any possible legal action being taken. Some might think this is paranoia, but I see it as a means of covering one’s backside from the possibility of more bullying and/or legal action.
Just my two cents – keep the change….