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Radiol Technol. 2014 Nov-Dec;86(2):122-31.

Bullying among radiation therapists: effects on job performance and work environment.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To identify the effects of workplace bullying in the radiation therapy department on job performance and explore the environment and morale of individuals who work with a bully.

METHODS:

A quantitative research study was designed to assess the prevalence and effects of bullying in the radiation therapy workplace.

RESULTS:

A total of 308 radiation therapists participated in the study for a return rate of 46%. Of those, 194 indicated that workplace bullying was present either in their current workplace or in a previous radiation therapy environment and that it negatively affected job performance and satisfaction.

DISCUSSION:

Findings of this study indicate a need for evaluation of the radiation therapy workplace, education on how to identify and prevent bullying behavior, and better communication among members of the radiation therapy environment. Participants indicated that working in a hostile environment led to forgetfulness, ineffective communication, and perceived discrepancies in promotion and treatment by management.

CONCLUSION:

Any bullying behavior contributes to an overall toxic work environment, which is unhealthy and unsafe for patients and therapists. Those who manage therapists should promote a culture of safety and embrace their staff's independence.

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PMID:
25391664
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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