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, May 1, 2012

We all know by now that the University of Newcastle has again been awarded the Employer of Choice for Women Citation for 2012 (stop laughing - this is true!).

According to the US-based Workplace Bullying Institute, women on women bullying continues to rise and women are judged to be nastier bullies than men. "Workplace bullying is four times more common than sexual harassment or racial discrimination....Girls are taught to be critical of each other from adolesence, and it's particularly vicious among working women; from playing favourites to badmouthing colleagues. "  This happens more frequently in careers where they have to be "hyper-aggressive to get ahead in a male-dominated environment".  We know that the University of Newcastle has more males in higher management than females.

Apparently the university has career enhancement programs and opportunities that can support female staff at the university.  Also the Faculty of Education and Arts under John Germov is having its own Gender Equity Forum (why? - does it have a particularly bad record in this arena?).

  • Lessons in how to make a voodoo doll of other women and stick pins in it?
  • How to smile insincerely whilst stabbing other women in the back?
  • How to make your own rope ladder (for women who climb to senior positions and then haul up the ladder right behind them to stop other women succeeding)? 
  • How to sabotege the careers of other (better?) female colleagues?
  • How to spread rumours about other female colleagues?
What else?

We know from our survey that women at the University of Newcastle are bullied more than men and women are often bullied by other women.

We also know that many of the women who have received equity awards are expert bullies, protected by the males in management who gave them the awards.

So female employees at the Unviersity of Newcastle, you will be supported in your careers by the university PROVIDED THAT you stand on the heads of other women to get there!

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