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)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Focussing on individual bullying distracts attention from institutionalized violence

"We note that the frequent (and often unhelpful) organizational response to bullying is to implement training courses to remedy the flaws of the individuals concerned, make counseling available to help them deal with stress, offer mediation, and implement so-called zero-tolerance polices within the organization that emphasize that individual bullying, harassment, and other forms of victimization will not be tolerated. Unfortunately, there is no evidence to confirm that these approaches will help and a growing body of evidence to suggest that they do not........

..we can propose that the reason for this is that such organizational measures target only subjective violence, seeking to locate the full ethical responsibility for bullying with individual persons. The organization might respond by trying to incriminate or rehabilitate those found guilty of bullying, but in so doing, it fails to look seriously at its own complicity in the violence that has been perpetuated.........

The organization here is positioned only as the “problem solver” rather than accepting that it is part of the problem, the latter position being a much more unpalatable, albeit necessary, form of self-knowledge to confront." 
 (Rhodes, C., Pullen, A., Vickers, M. H., Clegg, S. R., & Pitsis, A. 2010).Emphasis added.

1 comment:

  1. It has also been proven that an institution with the largest anti-bullying diatribe is most likely the institution with the biggest bullying problem.

    Why? Because in trying to define what is a basic moral decision ie bullying is wrong, allows the perpetrator to pursue his/her victim armed with jargon to convincingly lie to authorities about. It generally serves to aid bullies not prevent them. They know how far they can go given the parameters.