Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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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)

Sunday, December 2, 2012

A slight bit more than eye-rolling!

Following the definition of workplace bullying suggested by the parliamentary inquiry, Eric Abetz, the ShadowWorkplace Relations Minister, has claimed that trivial acts, such as eye rolling, may potentially qualify as bullying.

Staff/ex-staff and students/ex-students of the University of Newcastle reported bullying behaviours such as
  • removal of areas of responsibility
  • opinions and views ignored
  • treated unfairly compared to others
  • being humiliated, undervalued or ridiculed
  • exclusion and ostracism.
Ridicule and humiliation took place publicly, in front of other staff or students. Staff were reprimanded for following policy, had items stolen from them, threatened with losing their positions at the university, marked down in performance review for "not working unpaid overtime, etc.

Eight (8) individuals had experienced actual physical violence and 12 had suffered an injury as a result of violence.

Not quite the same as eye rolling.

1 comment:

  1. KH former geographer bullied out of UoNDecember 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    I can tick all the boxes (and more) of the five listed items noted as bullying in this blog.

    However, I also experienced eye-rolling and scoffing (HaHaHa) by the Head of Discipline and two females (one who is now a professor) would write notes to each other and giggle whenever I tried to make any contribution to discussions at discipline meetings.

    So I would agree that eye rolling when combined with other modes of bullying is another humilating bullying tactic