Employees harshly criticize the work climate at a large Danish museum


A larger group of employees is now harshly criticizing the working climate at the Arken Museum in Ishøj. It writes Jyllands-Posten.

“We are experiencing a severe degree of stress and a constant culture of fear among us employees, which is caused by abusive behavior, cross-border actions and abuse of power,” the letter reads.

There are 20 anonymous employees behind the letter, which has been sent to the museum’s board and management.

The letter deals specifically with a single leader. Jyllands-Posten has been in contact with the manager, who does not want to comment on the case.

Arken is one of the museums that attracts the most guests in Denmark. Last year, the museum had 274,000 visitors. It was the sixth highest in the country.

The museum’s director, Christian Gether, says in a press release that they take employees’ criticism of the work climate seriously.

»However, this does not change the fact that the Ark has always stood for – and still stands for – that there must be a respectful behavior and tone on the Ark. It has the highest priority. That is why I am also sad and listen attentively to the fact that so many employees experience challenges and feel insecure, ‘says the director.

At the same time, he points out that the staff has been adapted to the new situation after the corona, which may also have created unrest.

According to Jyllands-Posten, it is precisely a personnel matter that is to blame for the uprising. It has flared up after an art director has been fired.

Arken’s chairman of the board – Ishøj’s outgoing mayor, Ole Bjørstorp from Ishøj Listen – also believes that it is a spin-off of dismissals.

“Obviously, when something like this comes up, it has to be carefully examined what is in it, and we do not know exactly yet,” he told the newspaper.

A working group is now being set up to resolve the conflicts. It must have representatives of the employees.

It is also possible for external help to be obtained if it proves necessary, the press release states.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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