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Friday, June 27, 2014, Issue 79

Identifying the signs

Hand made out of words associated with bullying

According to the 2013 SoR Survey on Bullying and Harassment, bullying remains a problem for many radiographers in the workplace. No one is immune and students can often feel like they are being picked on.

We have put together a quick guide to help radiography students identify and tackle the issue.

What is bullying?

Bullying can take many forms including:

  • Threats and abuse
  • Intimidation
  • Humiliation and belittling
  • Setting unrealistic deadlines
  • Excessive criticism
  • Removing responsibility
  • Ignoring or ostracising someone
  • Threatening with the loss of job and/or disciplinary action
  • Refusing reasonable requests
  • Physical violence

What are the impacts of bullying?

Bullying can affect the victim in many ways, including:

  • Poor health
  • Isolation
  • Loss of confidence/self esteem
  • Nausea
  • Sleeplessness
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Loss of motivation
  • Reluctance to go to work

What can you do if you are being bullied?

  • Check to see if the Trust/organisation has an anti-bullying policy and read it.
  • Keep a diary of incidents, noting down dates, times, locations, what happened and the details of any witnesses.
  • If you are suffering from stress or anxiety, seek medical help from your GP or university medical service.
  • Speak to someone about the situation. This could be your personal tutor, placement supervisor, or the department’s SoR rep. They will be able to offer you advice and support.
  • You may wish to deal with the situation informally, by approaching the bully and discussing the problem with them.
  • If you are unable to resolve the situation informally, or feel this is not an option, you can raise the issue formally. Check with your organisation’s policy which will outline the procedure.

For further information, please read the SCoR’s document: ‘Dealing with bullying and harassment - A guide for student radiographers

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