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)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Yet another another new policy/procedure for a "respectful" workplace - from the VC herself

An update about NeW Directions Future Workforce Plan: Promoting a respectful and collaborative workplace culture


At the University of Newcastle, we take your wellbeing seriously and we want to provide you with the best possible support so that you - and everyone - can work in a respectful environment that values diversity and inclusiveness.

This is why earlier this year the University refreshed its Promoting a Respectful and Collaborative University: Diversity and Inclusiveness Policy. To further support you and your colleagues, the Promoting a Respectful & Collaborative Workplace: Resolving Workplace Concerns or Conflict Procedure has been developed and is now available in the Policy Library and the following two locations:
It is important for you to know that there is a change in approach to this procedure. It now encourages 'early intervention' by supervisors in resolving workplace issues locally with support from Human Resource Services, who can assist them in determining how best to proceed in addressing workplace concerns.

This change reflects and supports the University's commitment to providing a robust framework to ensure that you, all staff and students, and other members of the University community are not only treated with dignity and respect, but feel empowered to change workplace behaviours that they believe are of concern.

You are encouraged to read the policy and procedure and familiarise yourself with other online tools available in the respectful and collaborative workplace webpage; and you can also access the self-paced online learning program EOonline.

By understanding this procedure - and encouraging your colleagues to do the same - you can actively contribute to the University being a respectful and collaborative place - for everyone."

1 comment:

  1. Notice how quick the university is to attack the messenger that notices anything outside of its voilition.

    Notice the bizarre food and drink theme of one of the "professors"

    Notice how by clever use of language a basic moral situation becomes hard to negotiate at the University. This is manipulation.

    Notice how no one ever says sorry and actually means it.

    The university is being marketed as people savvy and charismatic but is actually self serving and ruthless.

    .......Poor judgment and failure to learn by experience

    .........Unresponsiveness in general interpersonal relations

    These are at least 5 or 6 major traits of a sociopath.

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