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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“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, July 17, 2012

How should workplace bullying be dealt with?

Whilst many organizations and unions are calling for a national law against workplace bullying and one that will include psychological injury, the Australian Industry Group disagrees.

HC online reports that
"According to Stephen Smith of Ai Group, there is a lot of misunderstanding of what workplace bullying actually is. "For example, it is not widely understood that workplace bullying is a problem that primarily falls within the jurisdiction of work health and safety regulation, which has a strongly preventative focus, and not anti-discrimination or industrial law, which deals with discriminatory or harassing behaviour in respect of a specific protected attribute,” Smith commented.

He added that the statistics show that many complaints about workplace bullying turn out to not be valid -- for example, if an employer disciplines a poor performing employee in a reasonable way that is not bullying even though the employee may think that it is".

"It is the view of AiGroup that bullying complaints remain a serious issue but the high community cost of bullying can best be addressed by a renewed emphasis on prevention. In his statement response, Smith also called on the governments to devote more resources to educate employers, employees and the community on what workplace bullying is and how it should be prevented and dealt with."

1 comment:

  1. The bullies at the UoN that that destroyed me and many others deserve a jail terms of at least 25 years, not another payrise and I am pursuing this against the individuals, not just against the institution.