Climate of toxic work in the office of the Governor-general Julie Payette

Climat de travail toxique au bureau de la Gouverneure générale Julie Payette

The Governor general of Canada, Julie Payette, would have created a toxic work environment around her, to the point of provoking a wave of resignations in his office, reported CBC News late Tuesday.

According to the public broadcaster, who interviewed a dozen anonymous sources, Julie Payette would have established a real climate of terror in his team. The representative of the Queen in Canada would have yelled for his co-workers and would be publicly humiliated.

A consequence of these chips, four members of the communication team of the Office of the secretary to the governor general (OSGG) would have slammed the door since the beginning of the pandemic COVID-19, while a fifth would be on the move this week. The other two are off work.

“We went from one of the work environments more collegial and enjoyable for most employees to a house of horrors. This is intimidation and harassment at its worst”, he describes a source of CBC News.

A spokesman for the office of Julie Payette responded by saying it was “appalled by the content of the report, which contrast completely with the reality of work at the OFFICE”.

“Our employees are very proud of their work and enjoy their work environment challenging and dynamic. In fact, the OSGG has a rate of turnover lower than the average compared to other federal government departments,” argued the spokesperson, Ashlee Smith, in a written statement.

No complaint of harassment was filed with the human resources department or the ombudsman’s office has also stressed the OSGG.

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