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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

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, May 1, 2012

Enhancing and promoting a positive staff experience???

Enhancing and Promoting a Positive Staff Experience - this is part of the Institutional Strategic Priority for the University of Newcastle, as at 12 March 2012.

So how do you measure this? 
Two Key Performance Indicators for this are:-
  • Lost Time Imjury Frequency Rate ("a standardised measure across industries.  It is calculated by the number of Lost Time injuries, divided by total number of hourse worked across the Division, multiplied  by 1,000,000").
  • Staff Engagement (an amalgamation of 3 subcategories from the Your Voice survey reported as a mean score.  The subcategories measure Staff Organisational Commitment, Job Satisfaction and Intention to Stay.).
Lost time injury rate - what about the staff who are on stress leave?

Staff Engagement - what about the respondents to our survey who are desperate to leave or who have already left?

Seems like 2012 will be another "interesting" year at the University of Newcastle!

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