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)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Workplace bullying - domestic violence

David Yamada has been pondering on why people who suffer workplace bullying find it difficult to leave their jobs.

He continues
"Such scenarios often resemble all-too-common domestic abuse situations where the abused party stays in the relationship, either hoping that things will change or otherwise feeling trapped and without options."

"Similar patterns often appear in severe workplace bullying situations. The abuse continues, and some targets keep enduring it, sometimes for years. Eventually they’re so psychologically beaten up that they lack the self-confidence and judgment to move on to a hopefully healthier work setting — or at least to remove themselves from the abusive one."  
"Workplace bullying resembles domestic abuse in another way: As a society, we have been too willing to deny its destructive impact and to dismiss it as a personality conflict or a bad match. It took us many, many years to recognize the harm wrought by domestic abuse, even in the face of mounting evidence. We’re still fighting that uphill battle with workplace bullying, despite real progress over the past decade.

When people ask me if workplace bullying is a lot like schoolyard bullying, I typically respond, yes, in a way, but that domestic abuse is the more apt comparison."(emphasis added).


  1. I agree with the above analogy. I was very trusting and loyal not noticing the child I cradled was a snake.

    Perhaps it is incredulous that a hard working student or staff member apply themselves with dignity or prestige. It is also incredible that these brilliant minds should all be harassed and slighted by their colleagues who are full of inadequacy and jealousy.

    Yet in full circumstance that is what keeps happening over and over again at the University of Newcastle.

    They swear they've changed yet they are not the prodigal son. More likely the wolf in sheeps clothing.

    The university extortion racket was very cushy until the media started asking questions.

    They are desperate. Seeing the PVC in a video lying to the public about the University being safe is about as low as it gets. He got to where he was bullying others how dare he lecture others on it?

    I would also love to see Charles Manson sermonise on being kind to your neighbours via youtube. It doesn't mean I believe him.

  2. The areas most frequented by sociopathic staff are education and health care. Both are areas where the subjects are often dealing with human vunerability or uncertainty. The perfect breeding ground for the human parasite or sociopath.

    Both education and health needs staff and students who aren't parasites in order to thrive.

    The end product is a human being. It's what happens during the process of dealing with other humans that makes a difference good or bad.

    Can someone please pass me the roach kill. This University has an infestation.