Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Whistleblowing - is it worth the bullying, harassment and discrimination?

Standing up for the truth against unethical conduct within an institution - is it worth it?

Many would say "yes" - it is always worth doing.  Regardless of the consequences, these people say that they have maintained their self-esteem and have a clear conscience.

Many would say "no" - if they had known how soul-destroying it would be, they would not have done it.

A few months ago, ABC News had a short report on "whistleblowers":-
"In the wake of the story about Canberra whistleblower Debbie Scattergood, Kate Evans reports on the aftermath of whistleblowing. Is it worth it?"
The news report features Debbie Scattergood, a public servant, Andrew Wilkie, the Commonwealth Ombudsman and others.

As Andrew Wilkie in this news report said, "Most whistleblowers land up on a heap.  Most whistleblowers suffer terrible consequences for just trying to do the right thing."

So, if you knew and spoke about unethical conduct at the University of Newcastle and have been subsequently bullied and harrassed, do you still think it was worth it? 

Some of our "Stop the Bullying at the University of Newcastle Committee, would say it was worth it.

Some (including me) would say the fallout from it is too great a price to pay!

1 comment:

  1. There should be no adverse consequences to reporting unethical behaviour. That is the issue. If people are too scared to speak out against unethical and corrupt behaviours because of the consequences, then over time these behaviours will be seen as acceptable. I have no regrets about speaking out. The fallout is so much to pay, but in the end the decisions you make are a reflection of who you are.