Podcast: Episode 4 ~ Workplace Bullying

Sara talks with Professor Michelle Tuckey on the subject of workplace bullying that not only has terrible psychological and physical effects on those who experience – and those who also witness – bullying, but the Australian Human Rights commission has stated that it can cost the Australian economy between $6-$36 billion dollars a year due to poor morale, decreased productivity and absenteeism among many more. Sara speaks of her own experience with bullying and how she struggled for many years afterwards as it affected her life and her self-confidence. 

Hi everyone, thank you for joining me on the Moral Traveller. Today I will be interviewing Professor Michelle Tuckey from the University of South Australia on the subject of workplace bullying.

This podcast is all about human rights, but also about our personal stories and I want to talk more than I usually would in advance of my interview, because I myself was a victim of bullying. It is a very personal and very challenging story of mine to share, but I think about Brodie Panlock, a 19-year-old woman who experienced bullying from the men that she worked with at a local café in Melbourne, who ultimately took her own life, and it is heartbreaking to know that there so many people who have suffered from bullying as I have.

Bullying behaviour in the workplace is not simply just openly obvious and irresponsible behaviour such as yelling, swearing and intimidation, but can include also psychological harassment such as excluding or isolating, being assigned with meaningless work or being completely overworked, undermining work performance among so much more. People who experience bullying in the workplace can develop stress, depression or anxiety, are prone to illness, sleeplessness and insomnia, and at its worst, suicidal behaviour.

It took me many years after the experience to recover, and I changed from job to job out of complete fear that I will be bullied again, pushing people that care about me away, and having incredibly low self-esteem in my work as well as my physical appearances. All my confidence was taken from me.

It started with him saying comments about me to other workers, and they disclosed to me nasty things that he was saying, which made me feel incredibly uncomfortable and isolated. Even directly to me, whenever I would talk he would cut me off, complain, roll his eyes, or sigh really loudly, constantly belittling and undermining me, and he was often aggressive about it where I actually felt like I had to stay silent.

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Podcast: Episode 3 ~ Boat Person 16

Ethiopia is sub-Saharan country in Africa surrounded by Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Djibouti. Once called Abyssinia, King Menelik I is traditionally believed to have been the son of the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, and its ports along the Red Sea became an important trade route with Arabia and the Roman empire, the Byzantines bringing Coptic Christianity into the region that eventually became … Continue reading Podcast: Episode 3 ~ Boat Person 16

Podcast: Episode 2 ~ Religion and Rebuilding Countries After War

Sara talks to Denis Dragovic, senior fellow at the University of Melbourne on the subject of religion and rebuilding countries after war. Denis’ professional career encompasses the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. He has worked as a civil engineer on multi-million dollar construction projects, led humanitarian aid missions in several war zones, consulted to United Nations agencies, lectured at the University of Melbourne, directed corporate and philanthropic fundraising at Australian Red Cross and now sits on the Australian government’s Administrative Appeals Tribunal Continue reading Podcast: Episode 2 ~ Religion and Rebuilding Countries After War

Podcast: Episode 1 ~ Introduction to the Moral Traveller

Sara talks about why she decided to start this podcast. Her experiences with Syrian refugees, and ultimately the shock of a western identity that has no empathy and cares deeply about vanity, led her to realise that listening to the stories of ordinary people can lead to a changed world.

It was not long ago that I spent time in Turkey at the Syrian border. I found a small humanitarian group working with Syrian refugees in the region, and I spent time following them. We visited place to place and I took my video camera as they provided aid to so many needy families.

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