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, October 1, 2013

Does this sound familiar?

Career sabotage has been recognised as a form of workplace bullying by WorkCover NSW.

Career sabotage, according to Ashley Coaching & Consulting, includes:-
-  undue criticism,
-  intentionally damaging a person's work,
-  deliberately withholding crucial information
-  excluding an individual from social networks.
-  your ideas being shot down consistently in public by one person,
-  being left off the invitation list for key meetings,
-  rumours about what you may have said or done, and
-  being allocated tasks that affect your job performance or are impossible to achieve.

According to Stacey Ashley, these are the people who may sabotage your career.
"Team members wanting your job or harbouring a dislike, peers due to competition or jealousy, and even your manager might see you as a threat or a scapegoat in order to deflect blame from them,"

Ashley says that "it's workplace culture that ultimately plays a big part in allowing such behaviour to occur" - also it depends on how far the career saboteur is allowed to go in sabotaging someone's career.

This is what we have frequently indicated is the issue at the University of Newcastle. Career sabotage starts with one person but the issue at the University is that there is a culture of cover-up and collusion.  The single person who begins to sabotage your career easily gets others on board, right up to the higher levels of the organisation.  Then, no matter what you do, you will be driven out of the University.

1 comment:

  1. Newcastle university, wretched village that includes you.....