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Bullying in the workplace
- Bullying is, sadly, common, but that does not equate to saying it is acceptable. It is never right to allow a bully to make your life unbearable.
- Trusts have a formal complaints procedure: know it and be prepared to use it. A more senior colleague is only superior to you in experience. They do not have any rights to bully or harass you.
- Document fully any incidents and be prepared to call witnesses. The bully will be in a much weaker position if you prepare a dossier of evidence showing the bullying occuring over time.
- Although bullying is often thought to be from a senior towards a more junior member of staff, this is by no means always the case. Intimidation is multi-faceted.
West London Mental Health Trust have produced an excellent report on bullying and harrassment in the Trust, and the measures they have taken to tackle the problem.
Bullying in schools
Children often suffer from bullying. According to a DH newsletter:
"A new systematic review by the Campbell Collaboration shows that anti-bullying programmes in schools are often effective. The authors of the review examined the effectiveness of anti-bullying programs and the intervention methods most likely to reduce school bullying. Their findings lead them to recommend the development of a system of accreditation for anti-bullying programs, supervised by an international body."
Until there's more content at ganfyd, here are some links that you might find useful:
- Thread on Doctors Net UK forum (DNUK) about bullying (available only to registered DNUK members).
- Tips on dealing with bullies. BMJ Career Focus 2005;330:201-202 (May require subscription or membership)
- How to be a really good bully. BMJ Career Focus 2005;330:171-172 (May require subscription or membership)
- ↑ Villadsen A, Shalhoub H, Ryan P. Report on Staff Bullying & Harassment at West London Mental Health Trust (NHS). London: Middlesex University, Department of Social Work and Mental Health, 2008 (18 August); 1-152
- ↑ Farrington DP, Ttofi MM. School-based programs to reduce bullying and victimization. Cambridge: The Campbell Collaboration, 2009; 1-592