‘Like a cancer’: CEO’s shocking rant as charity goes bust
THE BELEAGUERED CEO of a charity that is meant to help people has unleashed on her employees online, accusing them of "catty gossip" and "relentless" bullying.
Vicki Batten, the CEO of Queensland community support charity FSG Australia, posted the surprising attack on her public LinkedIn profile over the weekend.
The rant followed last week's announcement that the organisation would enter voluntary administration - even though it had received around $60 million of taxpayers' money annually, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
It means the future of the Gold Coast company's 900-odd employees is now in doubt.
"The catty gossip. The relentless bully. The slovenly slacker. Toxic employees come in an appalling array of annoying forms. They're destructive, distracting and draining," Ms Batten's post began.
"Like a cancer sapping the energy of those around them, they cripple their co-workers' morale, performance and productivity.
"Worse, they poison your entire business in the process. There is nothing surer though, these employees are waiting for the time, should it ever come, when your organisation is experiencing tough times."
Ms Batten continued, posting: "Everyone running a business knows they are ex-employees and won't give credence to the vitriol that spews from their personal anger filled heads" and that "when your business is being damaged by people who are there for the wrong reason you need to be brave … they are not happy unless you are unhappy!"
On Saturday, the Bulletin reported that some staff members were so concerned about the situation they had resorted to creating fake social media profiles in order to comment publicly about the company's culture.
However, several people claiming to be former FSG employees commented on Ms Batten's LinkedIn post, with one alleging she "ended up with severe anxiety and PTSD due to management staff" at the company.
The woman, who news.com.au has chosen not to name, reported "bullying by management", "countless unpaid hours and days without seeing my own family due to 48+ hour shifts" and relentless calls from staff, even while she was on booked annual leave.
She also claimed to have been injured on the job, but was allegedly told by a staff member "that is just the job".
Another ex-employee requested the opportunity to "sit down and chat" with Ms Batten, "on behalf of the 900 employees who now have no permanent work" - although Ms Batten denied job losses would be that significant.
" … there will NOT be 900 employees without work. In fact there will be very few - we are working very hard to keep all service going and all the same workers working with customers - so sad and hatefulness helps no one," Ms Batten said in response.
FSG employees are charged with caring for people who are elderly or disabled, as well as finding children foster homes and helping homeless people find shelter and jobs.
Last week, the company announced it would enter a merge or sale with an existing charity, and that further details would be announced this Friday, according to the Bulletin.
News.com.au contacted Ms Batten for comment for this article, but a response was not received.