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, February 7, 2012
"Respect - Workplace Behaviour" and The University of Newcastle
As the HR blurb states,
"this workshop provides an overview of how anti-discrimination law and University diversity policies, including the Code of Conduct, impact on your workplace on a daily basis, specifically in relation to harassment and bullying.
The workshop includes the legal framework, your rights and responsibilities and realistic strategies for identifying and dealing with harassment and bullying. The workshop includes real life examples and case studies." (emphasis added).
Anyone at the University of Newcastle wanting to attend? Here are the dates:-
9, 13, 15, 23, 27 February
6, 12, 14, 27, 28 March
17, 18 April
Perhaps the high number of workshops indicates the size of the problem of bullying and lack of respect at this University.
This is an opportunity to ask about "REALISTIC strategies".
Do any of these sound "realistic"? - make a complaint?? speak to HR?? speak to your boss?? speak to senior management?? etc etc
These are not realistic because they have not worked at this University, as indicated in our survey and on this blog. What other strategies will they suggest?
So they want "real life examples"? Here is an opportunity to tell them about our "real life examples", and our experiences of using"realistic strategies for identifying and dealing with the bullying" that we have experienced!!