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)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Report your experiences to the Review but perhaps don't hold your breath??

Some reservations about the Review of Workplace Bullying by the House of Reps Standing Committee.

Steve Davies in his blog has highlighted some methodological problems with the inquiry.
  • The time period to make submissions is relatively short, considering the complexity of what we are trying to report.
  • Re formal submissions: some people may be inexperienced in making submissions or may be too scared to do so.  Also what about the public hearings? no details have been given regarding this.
  • Communication - The lack of communication considering the huge cost of bullying on work and productivity.
Davies suggests that the inquiry "should be conducted online for all to see" because workplace bullying is an organisational and social phenomenon.  He also suggests a post office box (e.g. a dropbox) for anonymous submissions.  Davies has set up a dropbox on his blog for anyone to use.

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