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)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Another "Let's be clear"......

According to Caroline McMillen, VC of the University of Newcastle in March 2013.

"Let’s be clear that our university is a remarkable and rewarding place to work for more than 6400 staff who feel absolutely passionate about what they do through their research, their teaching and as professional staff. They have told us this directly – in our 2012 survey of our staff, 80per cent expressed ‘‘strong job satisfaction’’." (Emphasis added)

According to the Newcastle Herald in December 2012

"The Newcastle Herald can reveal that an average of three  employees started  counselling sessions every week last year.

And nine staff lodged workers’ compensation claims for work-related psychological injuries between January 2011 and March this year. Six were accepted by the university’s insurer.

Figures obtained under freedom-of-information laws (Government Information Public Access)  show 227 people, including 160 staff and 67 relatives, saw psychologists for counselling last year.

This included 79 people who sought help for anxiety, 33 for depression and 59 for stress. The figures did not distinguish  between staff and relatives or work- and non-work-related problems.

By comparison, the number of staff and relatives who accessed counselling services in 2005 during the university’s radical restructure and job cuts was 126." (Emphasis added).

1 comment:

  1. Caroline, let's be clear about the University.

    The University has repeatedly blocked external investigation into bullying.

    The University is repeatedly blocking media investigation and will not release public figures about expediture and senior exective bonuses.

    Let's be clear. The University is unable to reconcile its many victims without these investigations.

    You can make a difference but haven't.

    Is the University so beyond salvaging that this is all you can manage?

    You are an intelligent and very educated woman.

    I don't understand the need for duplicity, especially as a leader.

    I am lucky to have survived what happened to me at the University. My experience at the University dragged me straight to hell for over 24 months.

    Like most of the really bad victims of the UoN I didn't actually complain when I was being bullied. I didn't because I was too trusting and the damage was too severe. The bullying was relentless.

    I did see a counsellor at the Uni. He saved my life.

    Arguing a basic moral principle to people who have none is even more damaging. I discovered that later when I did complain in writing to the Uni.

    The avenues for complaint are corrupt, as is the rest of the management at the senior level at UoN.

    I hope the bullying stops someday. It won't the way its going. The place is becoming a centre for bully types who excel in the peverse environment.

    For me, the UoN has lost all credibilty forever.

    I wish I'd never enrolled, I would have been much happier.

    All that is left to me is this blog, welfare, pills and no future.