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, October 3, 2012

Workplace psychopaths

"An Australian psychotherapist is urging employers to watch out for workplace psychopaths, who he says are more common than generally thought.

Doctor John Clarke says workplace psychopaths exist in most large organisations and can isolate and mentally destroy the staff around them.  "

He went on to say that the workplace psychopath is someone

"who psychologically destroys the people they work with to feed their need for a sense of power and control and domination over other human beings.
They don't suffer any guilt or remorse, or in fact they enjoy the suffering of other people."

Many of us who have been bullied at the University of Newcastle have experienced such behaviours from heads of disciplines, heads of schools, DVCs of faculties and more senior management.  Obtaining power (and glory?) at any cost is the driving force.

Dr Clarke stated that the result for staff is a high turnover rate of staff and increased rates of anxiety and depression, even suicide.  In our survey and on this website we have had numerous reports of similar effects on staff and students at the University of Newcastle.

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