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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“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)
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Throwing tax-payers' money down the drain?
Where does that money go?
At the University of Newcastle we know it is wasted on
- internal "investigations" of complaints
- external "investigators"
- in-house legal costs
- external legal costs (for "tame" lawyers and barristers)
- gagging clauses (to keep bullying victims quiet)
- "redundancy" payouts (to get rid of complainants)
- wasted Human Resources money (money spent on job advertisements and recruitment whilst a "favourite employee" is already ear-marked for the position)
- bonuses for senior management
- what else?
Taxpayers' money is also wasted on
- medical assessments and treatment for the Uni's bullying victims (is that why a mental health unit is based so acessibly at the Mater Hospital?)
- pro bono or no win, no fee legal work
- loss of expertise and experience (those bullied are often removed because they are seen as threats to the favourite workers)
- educating and training people who are then bullied out of work
- additional work for federal and state departments (Workers Compensation, Human Rights, Fairwork Australia, etc etc etc).
- stress management for partners, family members, friends of those bullied.
- students who transfer to other universities because of bullying.
- etc etc
How can this be justified?
Just think what could be achieved in Australia with even $6 Billion (let alone $36 Billion)!