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The SoR produces a range of resources and guidance documents to help members tackle bullying.

Results of the SoR's 2013 survey show that more than 40% of respondents have been subjected to incidents of bullying and harassment at work in the past two years.

What is bullying?

Bullying and harassment is behaviour that makes someone feel intimidated or offended and can have a serious effect on an individual's physical and mental health. Harassment is unlawful under the Equality Act 2010.

Bullying can come in many forms. Examples can include:

  • Spreading rumours
  • Unfair treatment
  • Picking on someone
  • Regularly undermining a competent worker
  • Denying someone’s training or promotion opportunities

It can happen:

  • face-to-face
  • by letter
  • by email
  • by phone

Below you will find further information published by the SoR. If you have any concerns regarding bullying, whether you are the victim or a concerned colleague or student, don't hesitate to raise this with your manager, SoR rep or course leader. If you need to speak to someone urgently and your SoR rep isn't available, please contact SoR Head Office 020 7740 7200.

If you have any questions regarding SoR advice and guidance on bullying, email the Trade Union team.

Social Media Bullying

Social media hardly existed ten years ago, fast forward to now and social media is an unstoppable force has exploded through numerous platforms.

Social media now forms a significant part of our day, how we engage with SoR members, the world and each other.

It has become the norm to share our personal information, ideas and opinions with virtual communities through either websites, or across social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin to name a few.

The use of social media allows the Society of Radiographers to liaise with our members quickly and effectively – but with minimal cost.

Unfortunately social media also poses many risks for workers reps are finding themselves increasingly defending members who are accused of bringing their hospital into disrepute, because of something they have posted online, whilst at work.

The rise in social media use also means that bullying can take place anywhere, an individual or group can threaten, bully or embarrass their victim via the internet, mobile phones, email chat rooms or social networking sites.

The Acas Workplaces and Social Networking research paper categorises ‘cyber bullying’ as

  • Offensive emails – sending offensive emails to a colleague even if it is meant as a joke,
  • Email threats – the emails may contain relatively inoffensive messages but could be a form of harassment. An example of this may be where a superior is deliberately bombarding someone with more work than they can handle;
  • Posting blogs and leaving comments on social networking sites, - it may be that a person is unaware that the bully is positing offensive messages about them;
  • Propagating defamatory gossip about employees on social networking sites and blogs;
  • Threats or offensive comments sent to a person’s mobile via SMS text messages;
  • Harassment by email – sending persistent emails to a person when previous email approaches have been rejected; and
  • Sharing a person’s private data online such as home addresses and phone numbers without their consent.

Additional resources


Bullying and Harassment Surveys

Advice for SoR Representatives