Workplaces are, by their very nature, social environments. Social safety is the sense of feeling safe with other people. This is the kind of setting that human beings need to maximize their emotional and intellectual functioning in an integrated way:
- To know that you can do your job according to legal regulation.
- To feel free to give and receive (constructive) feedback to learn.
Erasmus MC does not tolerate any type of undesirable conduct, including sexual and general harassment, aggression, bullying or discrimination.
During your PhD project you may encounter difficult situations or conflicts related to your PhD-period, like disagreements with your supervisor or other colleagues of your research group, or feelings of discomfort within your working situation or circumstances.
If you experience this, please know that you have several options:
- First, try to communicate with your supervisor or promotor.
- If this does not solve matters, or if you do not feel free to discuss your problems with them, talk to someone you trust: a manager (in case this is not your supervisor), the head of your department, or a human resource consultant.
- If this is not possible or effective, you can contact the confidential counsellor for PhD candidates, who is affiliated to the Graduate School, dr. Adriaan van ‘t Spijker (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can contact him in case of a difficult situation or conflict that is related to your PhD-period (like authorships, supervision, additional tasks). He does not hold authority to decide on matters, but can certainly help you reframe your problem or advice you on further steps.
- Another option is to contact the Erasmus MC ombudsman, Mario Buijk (email@example.com), who can inform, refer (for example to a mediator), advise, mediate or conduct an independent investigation. Please note that only after your explicit consent the ombudsman can ask for information and/or start an investigation.
Click herefor all possibilities for counsellors in Erasmus MC (in Dutch only).
- Communicate clearly and openly.
- Conduct an open dialogue on a structural basis at every level: work meetings, progress discussions, and performance interviews.