Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“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)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

News on the effects of bullying get worse and worse

The stress of the bullying may itself lead to bad decision-making – see http://www.livescience.com/11176-stressed-teens-adults-respond-differently.html

Too much stress can produce serious damage to the heart, the vascular system, the immune system and changes in some areas of the brain. See

Many of the common strategies used by people to cope with bullying may be counterproductive - the strategies they use actually further increase their stress instead of reducing it," see http://www.huliq.com/3257/bullying-work-unaddressed-problem-affecting-millions-american-workplace

Work-related stress, including low job control and social support at work and greater job strain may increase the risk of dementia, particularly vascular dementia.  This increased risk occurs regardless of age, gender, education, work complexity, manual work or vascular disease.  See http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03777.x/abstract

A few more reasons to end the bullying culture at the University of Newcastle

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