May 19, 2007

Due credit...

Anonymous said...

While this blog is becoming the platform to name and shame many bullying and corrupted managers, I wish to give credit to Prof. Peter Grant from Edinburgh University who displayed the highest levels of integrity when dealing with a complaint against someone quite senior to myself.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would hope that this blog does not become a platform for naming and shaming. Naming and shaming is driven probably by despair and desparation...

It may be useful to understand why people want to name and shame...

...what if you have tried and tried to get your university to take your concerns seriously and have finally submitted a grievance that is ignored...for months and months...and months...and months...and months...and months...and months...for months and months...and months...and months...and months...and months...and months...and months

...what if you are so ill from stress and anxiety that you don't know where to turn...

...what if UCU ignore your emails...

...what if you are so full of pain you want to scream...

...naming and shaming can seem like a last resort...

...a scream into the abyss...

...in the cat and mouse game that is part of workplace bullying...

...that scream will be used against you

.... as evidence

...to dismiss you...

I scream in my head...

SILENTLY...

...YOU BASTARDS.

So....

We need energetic discussion of what can be done about workplace bullying(Ilfryn Price - Sheffield Hallam) .... we need universities that can respond in a mature fashion to criticism from their academic staff (Ross Anderson - Cambridge) (Ellie Lee - Kent)

...not universities whose management behave like petulant children... when criticisms are raised...

'If one of the things academics are for is to speak out for the truth against powerful influences you cannot divide yourself into someone who is a totally honest scientist full of integrity on the one hand and a craven coward who will not stand up against mismanagement on the other hand. There is a duty to speak the truth' Gillian Evans Cambridge

Quotes taken from THES May 18th 2007

In my prestigious research university I suspect I am viewed as a troublemaker... not someone with the courage to speak up....

In solidarity

Aphra Behn

Stuart said...

I don't know whether this blog should become a platform for naming and shaming, and I am sure this blog should NOT open itself to legal action for libel.

But I firmly believe that employers who care about bullying deal with bullying. When bullying reaches a formal complaint stage, the bullied person has already lost. The uncaring employer will not uphold the complaint and will terminate the dissatisfied complainant or engage in endless processes, appeals and mediation that go nowhere.

What should the dismissed victim of bullying do after engaging in such useless and draining experiences? I certainly support naming and shaming where the overwhelming evidence flatly contradicts all the "findings" of the university's own procedures.

Anonymous said...

Let me say

GET-UP! STAND-UP!

KEEP-THE-FIGHT!

Let shout it on the roads!

Sal.

Anonymous said...

Managers can only be shamed if they are guilty of misdeeds and unethical behavior.
My advice for managers-get accountable for your actions. Don't treat others how you would not want to be treated. Get ethical. Treat others fairly, or else pay the price with your reputation. If you expect the targets of mobbing to remain silent you are wrong. We have free speech, the press, blogs and academic journals. We are going to tell the stories. What goes around will come back tenfold to all the managers and administrators and bullies and mobbers who betray trust and ruin others' reputations.

Anonymous said...

Based on my personal experience, I have met more bullies and morally compromised academics than good academics, are good academics rare? or is it just me who 'brings out' the bully in someone?