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)

Monday, February 4, 2013

"Australian workplaces are the worst in the world"

Human Capital online has reported recent research by Safework Australia into depression and also bullying.  Safework Australia concluded that "depression costs Australian employers a whopping $8 billion a year through sick leave and presenteeism – some $693 million of that is due to stress and bullying." (emphasis added)

" Linda Scott, registered psychologist and General Manager of Safety Consultants Australia, said it’s not enough for organisations to simply deal with individual cases of bullying and harassment. “While it is very important to manage these complaints professionally and compassionately, organisations need to start addressing some of the causes,” Scott said.

Scott has also presented her message regarding bullying in the workplace on ABC TV - see here.

Some of the other findings from Safework Australia include:
  • Levels of bullying are at 6.8% – substantially higher than international rates
  • Nearly 42% of males report that they have been sworn at or yelled at in the workplace
  • Over 20% of workers have been humiliated in front of others and almost 20% have experienced discomfort due to sexual humour
  • Some 6.9% of women experience unwanted sexual advances and 14.8% of females in this sample experience unfair treatment due to gender.

1 comment:

  1. And the University of Newcastle has made tangible contributions to it.

    Just look at the number of respondents to our survey and the number of submissions to the Parliamentary Inquiry into Workplace Bullying by former UoN academics bullied out of the place!