Pros: others rally around to quietly, saying, “just let it go… there’s nothing you can do! you’d better be careful or you’ll be gone!”
Cons: no one speaks up, no one stands up against her because they fear for their own personal loss, they accept their place without a voice, they know speaking up will get you punished or blacklisted or fired.
My Director again terminated one of my co-workers. She jumped on an opportunity to throw her under the bus due to a mistake she made. Long story short, she was put on a “performance improvement plan”. Shortly afterwards, she was fired over an ANONYMOUS report of a policy violation which was never proven or fairly investigated. Prior to that, the Director – more... sought and injected a small number of employee’s into her plan. She directed them into giving written summaries of wrongdoings they “supposedly” had witnessed against the coworker. After reading their reports, she had the gall to tell them to rewrite them to include her version of events, which is basically a lie. All under the watchful eye of HR, after she made a complaint to them. HR instructed her to report her complaints to several HR Generalists over several weeks, so it didn't look like only one HR employee had full responsibility. – less