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)

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"People may be inclined to quit their job if bullying is prevalent in their working environment. This is the suggestion of new research published in the Sage journal Human Relations, which found simply being present in a company where such action takes place is enough to make people want to leave."

What the research found was that employees want to leave their jobs if there is bullying in their workplace,  even if they are not victims of such actions themselves.

Bullying is like a stone thrown into a pond - the bullying stone has major repercussions on the victims close by but the ripples keep spreading and spreading throughout the organisation and affecting other employees.

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