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)
Monday, January 13, 2014
"Bullying on steroids"
"Mobbing is “bullying on steroids,” a horrifying new trend whereby a bully enlists co-workers to collude in a relentless campaign of psychological terror against a hapless target."
"Mobbing is more likely to occur when a number of workplace factors are present.....
Organizations that are driven by bureaucracy, e.g., government departments, are arguably the most toxic. They appear to have policies and procedures to ensure a safe workplace, but they will redefine bullying as a “personality conflict” and end up offering no real protection. In essence, bad behavior is tolerated and left to escalate."
Note that UoN has a vast collection of policies and procedures (the most of any uni in Australia?). It has recently flaunted its anti-bullying procedures and blurb. However, the outcome of bullying at UoN is that the bully is rewarded and remains in employment whilst the victim is further harassed by the complaints system and will lose their job.
Reports to us indicate that this mobbing is the most commonly occurring type of workplace bullying occurring at the University of Newcastle - employees collude with each other and with managers at higher levels to victimise and destroy the victim. According to Hemshaw,
"Targets are usually anyone who is “different” from the organizational norm. Usually victims are competent, educated, resilient, outspoken, challenge the status quo, are more empathic or attractive and tend to be women, aged 32 to 55".
At the University of Newcastle, you only need to be conscientious and refuse to be involved in unethical behaviour to become a target of relentless bullying and ultimately be "removed" from your job.