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)
Thursday, November 29, 2012
From the VC's desk
"In this context, the comments of the Standing Committee in relation to the controls around cyberbullying were perhaps the less developed component in a comprehensive report. Anne Summers, at her Human Rights and Social Justice lecture at the University, recently detailed the utterly unacceptable online bullying of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. This together with the recent vicious attacks by ‘cyber trolls’ on Charlotte Dawson in social media have suddenly shone a light on the subterranean and cowardly world of anonymous online bullying. It appears that trashing one’s colleague from the comfort of one’s sofa on the pretence that anonymity is somehow a necessary protection may represent the next frontier of workplace bullying."