Q: I recently instigated a grievance procedure against a senior manager after enduring years of mistreatment, culminating in an incident when he humiliated me in front of his staff. After several weeks, the management team ruled in my favour. I assured them that that was it; I just wanted to do my job and be treated with normal courtesy and respect.
Since the ruling was made public he has told a number of his staff that I should 'watch my every step', as he would be seeking revenge. He is well known for his aggressive behaviour and has been with the company since he left school. I am relatively new, well-travelled and with an impeccable professional record. I am not afraid of him but this would be an unwelcome distraction. Should I just dismiss these threats or inform my superiors, gather evidence or what?
I am a man in my late forties, successful at my job and much respected by clients and suppliers. My instinct in earlier years would have been to leave and find somewhere else, but my age is against me. Besides, I love my job.