Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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, July 25, 2012

CSIRO caught in the bullying spotlight

"The federal workplace safety watchdog, Comcare, has censured senior CSIRO management for quoting selectively from a confidential draft report into bullying allegations - wrongly suggesting it had exonerated management when in fact it found breaches of its health and safety duties.
The revelations emerged as former CSIRO scientists submitted a dossier of 54 cases of alleged bullying of current and former staff to a parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying.
The submission said bullying, harassment and victimisation of staff was widespread at the CSIRO but was routinely denied by senior management."
An ex-CSIRO employee said that  he had "become aware of up to 80 cases involving bullying of current and former CSIRO staff. "There's a tendency to cover up the complaints and silence the complainants," he said."
Former CSIRO scientists have mad a submission to the Workplace Bullying Inquiry.  They have called for changes to stop the bullying and stronger whistleblower protections.
The newspaper report also notes that 
"Ten ex-CSIRO employees have hired lawyers and written to Comcare demanding a formal investigation of CSIRO's workplace practices and management culture."

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