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)

Friday, July 26, 2013

Bullies often thrive in the workplace

Recent research has supported our findings that bullies often thrive in the workplace - they are rewarded and promoted.  We have many reports of bullies at the University of Newcastle being promoted and/or given rewards after they have successfully got rid of someone for behaving ethically.

Darren Treadway et al have investigated "how bullies can successfully navigate the social and political organizational environment and achieve higher ratings of performance".

"He said many people have either seen or experienced bullying at work because some bullies are skilled enough to figure out who they can abuse to get ahead, and who they can charm to get away with it.

“The successful ones are very, very socially skilled,” he said. “They’re capable of disguising their behavior.”

"Previous researchers have found anecdotal evidence that bullying often goes unnoticed because bullies “understand their environments and select their targets strategically. ”

Treadway's study has confirmed this - "bullies are socially savvy and this allows them to   "strategically abuse coworkers” while still getting good feedback from the boss.

The staff at the University of Newcastle that have been reported as being bullies have risen through the ranks, from lecturers to senior lecturers, senior lecturers to associated professors, etc, with some even rising dramatically to Pro-Vice Chancellor level.

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