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)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Opportunity to contribute to international survey on whistleblowing

The University of Melbourne is conducting an international survey on whistleblowing.  Here is information about the study and also links to the questionnaire.

"From May 2012, a research team led by Griffith University and The University of Melbourne is conducting the World Online Whistleblowing Survey. This is the first international survey testing public views about whistleblowing to be run online in multiple languages. Whistleblowing is when a person reveals inside information about serious wrongdoing within or by an organisation, to people or authorities who may be able to take action.

The survey is collecting data to help answer questions about:
  • Attitudes to the value of whistleblowing
  • The impact of new technologies and social media on the role and nature of whistleblowing
  • Differences in attitudes to whistleblowing in different social or cultural contexts
  • Citizens’ propensity to ‘blow the whistle’ on wrongdoing, particularly to the media
  • Citizen preferences regarding how to blow the whistle on wrongdoing, including issues of anonymity, communication and trust when dealing with the media.
The survey is part of an Australian Research Council Discovery project, Blowing Boldly: The Changing Roles, Avenues and Impacts of Public Interest Whistleblowing in the Era of Secure Online Technologies, being conducted by Professor A J Brown (Griffith University), Dr Suelette Dreyfus, Dr Simon Milton, Dr Rachelle Bosua and Dr Reeva Lederman (University of Melbourne) and Professor Marcia Miceli (Georgetown University).

Answer the survey

Anyone can answer the survey, anywhere in the world, provided they do so only once.
The research team encourages as many people as possible to complete the survey – whether they think whistleblowing is good or bad. The survey is for everyone, not just whistleblowers.
The survey takes between 15 and 20 minutes.
Click here to complete the survey: https://whistleblowingsurvey.org/
For more information about the Survey, download the project information sheet "

If you want any further info or details, email researchers@whistleblowingsurvey.org

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