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, June 4, 2013

"Spreading rumours is bullying: new Safe Work Australia code" (Herald Sun)

Safe Work Australia has expanded the concept of "workplace bullying" to include gossip and malicious rumours spread by bullies and co-workers.

Safe Work Australia also states that
"There may not be obvious signs of bullying at the workplace but this does not mean it is not occurring,'' it states.

The spreading of gossip and rumours may be difficult to prove but can be clearly observed by the behaviour by previous colleagues/fellow students. e.g. being shunned by colleagues, being unable to obtain employment, being ostracised by academics from other universities.
 In our survey of 195 staff and students at the University of Newcastle, 33% of respondents reported that they were the target of gossip and rumours.

This means that 64 people currently or previously involved with the University of Newcastle had been subjected to this type of bullying. 

1 comment:

  1. Funny how just yesterday my boss got on me about gossiping in the workplace. I had listened to gossip and added my viewpoint. Good points. However, then he went onward to give me examples with ex-employees by name and what they gossiped and the ripple effect it had. Um.... good examples but you just gossiped. It needs to start with management not gossiping about the workforce.