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.

Help make a difference –

*answer our survey,

*contribute to the blog, or

*contact us.

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)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Workplace bullying in Australia

Keeping our eyes on the facts about workplace bullying in Australia (from Know Bull)-
  • Workplace bullying costs Australian businesses up to $36 billion a year
  • 53% of workplace bullies are female.
  • In 24% of workplace bullying cases, the bullying was carried out by a mob (the bully had accomplices)
  • Both the target of the workplace bullying and witnesses to the bullying experience a decline in productivity.
  • 7 out of 10 employees (a target or a witness) leave their jobs as a direct results of bullying.
  • In Australia, workplace bullying is estimated to cost around $20,000 for every employee in the Australian workforce.

    According to the University of Newcastle website, in 2011 the university had 2,444 members of staff.

    If workplace bullying is estimated to cost about $20,000 per employee, the cost to the University of Newcastle would be 

    2,444 X $20,000 = $48,880,000 

    The Federal Government is cutting funding to Universities. 

    If for no other reason, isn't it financially worthwhile for the University of Newcastle to deal with the victimisation, harassment and discrimination that has occurred and still takes place within the University?

1 comment:

  1. Women are more frequently bullied than men. In fact, a survey by the Workplace Bullying Institute found that 62 percent of bullies were men and 58 percent of targets were women. The survey also revealed that the majority (68 percent) of bullying is same-gender harassment and that women bullies target women 80 percent of the time.