- "Bullying goes beyond everyday rudeness and incivility—it’s repetitive, enduring, and escalating, entwined with perceived power disparities and matters of intent"
- "Explicit workplace bullying entails yelling, name-calling, belittling of opinions, insults, inappropriate jokes, false accusations, verbal and nonverbal intimidation, spreading of rumors, public humiliation, discounting of accomplishments, destructive criticism."
- “workplace bullies use organizational tools to help them bully,”... Such actions include threatening disciplinary action and job loss, giving poor performance appraisals, assigning unreasonable amounts of work, shifting deadlines and other goals, stealing credit, laying undue blame, allotting busy work, creating unrealistic demands, and micromanaging."
- "Often, acts of omission inflict the greatest harm: Withholding necessary information and resources, removing job responsibilities, preventing access to opportunities, holding back praise, raises, and promotions, and excluding one from meetings are among the more clandestine acts of aggression."
The bullying experiences at the University of Newcastle reported to us in our survey or in comments on this website certainly fit into these descriptions of workplace bullying.
To clarify the "grey" areas around workplace bullying, Bar-David, a workplace consultant, uses the following test:-
“Here’s the test I use to make the gray fade away,” Bar-David says. “If you looped a video of a manager engaging in the behavior, would you be willing to proudly display that video above your establishment’s entrance?”
So, would the University of Newcastle be willing to put clips of the bullying behaviour we have reported on their website or include it in their promotional videos?