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)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The University of Newcastle Blog strikes again at bullying!

The University of Newcastle Blog has again raised the issue of workplace  bullying, citing an article from The Australian.

"Brendan O’Neill states that “the ideas of ‘workplace bullying’ and ‘university bullying’ are common currency today” and that “we are all worse off as a result of this bullymania”.

On this website, we have already highlighted the problems with Brendan O'Neill's contention that minor actions/events are considered as bullying.

In our post on January 8th, 2012, we stated:

"On this website we have used the term bullying to reflect serious and ongoing behaviour which negatively impacts the victim - bullying at the University of Newcastle is a serious issue.  We do not (or did not) behave as fragile, over-sensitive employees.  We were doing our jobs, usually doing them very well but the serious ongoing behaviour that we experienced has been

  • the loss of jobs, 
  • loss of health, 
  • loss of future employment,
  • loss of family and friends
  • loss of self-worth
  • ostracism etc.
A quick read of posts and comments on this blog will clearly demonstrate that we are not wilting violets who have over-reacted the the everyday rough-and-tumble of university life.

Perhaps Brendan O'Neill should read some more about the real bullying that happens rather than dismiss all reports of bullying as being frivolous and unfounded.  

How would he feel if he lost his career, future employment, mental and physical health, relationships, independence and self-worth?  What would he call that?"

1 comment:

  1. If the university really wants to move forward, it has to address the submissions to the Senate inquiry into workplace bullying by former academics whose careers and lives have been destroyed by many of the bullied still in power.