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)
Monday, March 18, 2013
"IN recent weeks, cars in the university car parks have been regularly plastered with flyers about bullying in the workplace and our students and staff have been corralled to rallies." (The Newcastle Herald)
FACT: The United Stand against Bullying has not "regularly plastered" cars with flyers.
FACT: "Corralled" = confined, locked up. The United Stand against Bullying has handed out flyers to staff and students (as do many other organisations, associations, groups and commercial enterprises). Those staff and students who attended the rally did so of their own free will.
As McMillen states, bullying is a complex issue.
It is very important to keep to the facts so as not to inflame the situation.