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Cyberbullying in the workplace

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Cyberbullying through e-mail, text and web posts is as common in the workplace as conventional bullying but even more difficult to uncover, research by experts from the University of Sheffield has revealed.

Occupational psychologists Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley of the University of Sheffield, together with Dr Iain Coyne of the University of Nottingham, turned the focus of their investigation onto cyberbullying of adult workers, instead of younger people in schools, for which more research has taken place.

The results of their research will be revealed at a seminar during the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) annual Festival of Social Science at an event in the Showroom Workstation, Paternoster Row, on Wednesday 7 November 2012 from 5pm until 8pm.

The team will also make suggestions on how employers should tackle and prevent cyberbullying in the workplace. Researchers believe that cyberbullying will become more important as communication technologies continue to evolve and become more widespread.

The study included three separate surveys among employees in several UK universities, asking people about their experiences of cyberbullying in the workplace.

Survey respondents were given a list of what can be classed as bullying, such as being humiliated, ignored or gossiped about, and were asked if they had faced such behaviour online and how often.

Of the 320 people who responded to the survey, around eight out of ten had experienced one of the listed cyberbullying behaviours on at least one occasion in the previous six months.

The results also showed 14 to 20 per cent experienced them at least once a week – a similar rate to conventional bullying. The research team also examined the impact of cyberbullying on workers’ mental strain and wellbeing.

“Our research showed that cyberbullying has a stronger negative impact on employee mental strain and job satisfaction than traditional, face to face bullying does,” said Dr Axtell.

The research team also found that the impact of witnessing cyberbullying was different than that seen for conventional bullying.

“In more traditional, face to face bullying, seeing someone else being bullied also has a negative impact on the wellbeing of the witness,” said Dr. Sprigg. “However, we didn’t find the same negative effect for those who said they had witnessed others being cyberbullied.

“This might be because we are less aware of other people’s reactions online, and so the witnesses might not empathise so much with the victims. This could potentially mean that they are less likely to intervene,” Dr Axtell added.

The results of the research, which was partly funded by Sheffield University Management School, will be presented at a seminar to business representatives. “We believe our research will likely have implications for the way that employers formulate policies and guidelines relating to cyberbullying, and the seminar will be an opportunity for us to discuss our findings and learn about the experiences of other employers,” Dr Coyne said.

Additional information

Festival of Social Science

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future.

This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 170 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival.

The University of Sheffield

With nearly 25,000 students from 125 countries, the University of Sheffield is one of the UK’s leading and largest universities. A member of the Russell Group, it has a reputation for world-class teaching and research excellence across a wide range of disciplines. The University of Sheffield has been named University of the Year in the Times Higher Education Awards for its exceptional performance in research, teaching, access and business performance. In addition, the University has won four Queen’s Anniversary Prizes (1998, 2000, 2002, and 2007).

These prestigious awards recognise outstanding contributions by universities and colleges to the United Kingdom’s intellectual, economic, cultural and social life. Sheffield also boasts five Nobel Prize winners among former staff and students and many of its alumni have gone on to hold positions of great responsibility and influence around the world. The University’s research partners and clients include Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Unilever, Boots, AstraZeneca, GSK, ICI, Slazenger, and many more household names, as well as UK and overseas government agencies and charitable foundations.

The University has well-established partnerships with a number of universities and major corporations, both in the UK and abroad. Its partnership with Leeds and York Universities in the White Rose Consortium has a combined research power greater than that of either Oxford or Cambridge.

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The University of Sheffield
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CIPD seminar: New trends in leadership

Friday, October 12th, 2012

This seminar is in association with CIPD South Yorkshire Branch and the University of Sheffield Management School.

Date: 14 November 2012
Time:
5.30 to 7.30pm
Venue:
Boardroom, ICOSS, Sheffield
To register: Please contact Kelly Walker: 0114 23433 or K.Walker@sheffield.ac.uk

About the seminar
Dr Ute Stephan at the Institute of Work Psychology at the Management School, will deliver this session, providing an overview of current trends in leadership including the evolving concepts of authentic, ethical and servant leadership as well as leading with meaning. The session will then look at the more strategic view on leadership and discuss what we can learn from leadership research on expert entrepreneurs as well as elaborating on the implications for leadership training and development. The session will be interactive and provide opportunities for participants to reflect on their experience.

For further information about CIPD visit http://www.cipd.co.uk/


ESRC event: Cyberbullying in the workplace

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The Management School is pleased to announce the Institute of Work Psychology has successfully secured funding for an ESRC event as part of the Festival of Social Sciences.

Date: 7 November 2012
Time: 5-8pm
Venue: Showroom 5, Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX
To register: Click here to register your free place at the seminar

This seminar forms part of the Economic and Social Research Council’s (ESRC) Festival of Social Science.  Dr Christine Sprigg, Dr Carolyn Axtell and Sam Farley (all at the Institute of Work Psychology (IWP), Management School) and Dr Iain Coyne (at the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations (I-WHO), University of Nottingham), will outline the findings of their recent research in this seminar entitled ‘Punched from the screen: Cyberbullying in the workplace.’

The study, one of the first on workplace cyberbullying in the UK, explores the prevalence, impact and frequency of cyberbullying amongst 320 university staff members.

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at local and national businesses.

Further information:

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country’s leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives – both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival

Health and Wellbeing at work

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Dr Christine. A. Sprigg, lecturer in Occupational Psychology, was invited to give a talk on Wednesday, 7th March at the ‘Health and Wellbeing Christine Spriggat Work 2012′ event at the NEC in Birmingham. The talk, “Psychosocial Risk Factors for Call Centre Employees” was a summary of Christine’s research on call centres which began in 1999 when she was a Senior Psychologist employed by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE).

The Health and Wellbeing at Work event is all about improving the health and wellbeing of work-aged people. The conference and exhibition provides employers with new ideas and resources to ensure employees are fit and healthy, return to work quickly following absence and stay in work. It also looks at pioneering strategies for getting vulnerable people into the workplace and enabling them to fulfil their potential. The event profiles national developments, service innovations, examples of best practice and the latest research, to provide an inspirational learning platform for employers.

Dr Sprigg’s research has investigated stress and job satisfaction within call centres and has fed into various interdisciplinary research projects aimed at improving the working conditions of call centres both in terms of employees’ physical and mental wellbeing. Dr Sprigg commented, “As the call centre sector is such an important source of UK employment, it is vital that this kind of interdisciplinary research continues if we are to positively influence call centre practices”.

The talk was expertly chaired by Professor Peter Buckle, the current president of the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (IEHF). Over 1,000 delegates were registered for each day of this popular practitioner event at the NEC. Christine’s talk will be available online later in the month.

New Research Methods and Research Practice cluster announced

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

A new University of Sheffield Management School research cluster organised around the theme of ‘Research Methods and Research Practice’ is being launched formally on Monday 22 June.  The launch will include a discussion of the future contribution of the research cluster led by a number of internationally recognised speakers, including the Management School’s own Professor Phil Johnson.

The aim of the cluster is to further progress the work on research methods and practice generated by the University’s Management School, an area of expertise which contributed to the School’s improved ratings in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.  Members of the cluster have a distinguished track record in terms of books, highly-rated journal articles and other published outputs;  in addition, some members hold associate editorships or have guest edited prominent journals in the field and have also received ESRC funding to investigate ‘Quality of Qualitative Research Methods’ and to run a seminar series on ‘Advancing Research in the Business and Management Field’.  Individual members chair the Research Methods and Research Prctice track at the European Academy of Management (EURAM) annual conference and are active in the Research Methodology special interest group of the British Academy of Management (BAM).  The aim of the cluster is to bring greater cohesion to the work of its individual members.  Find out more at http://www.shef.ac.uk/rmrp

A series of seminars and research methods and research practice will be announced for 2010 and beyond. 

    

Visit by Professor Jacques Percebois to the Management School

Friday, July 18th, 2008

The visit by the University of Montpellier’s Jacques Percebois to the School and the University created considerable interest. His University-wide lecture on nuclear industry policy, held in the Department of Engineering Materials on Tuesday, July 15th, attracted over 50 people including outside participation by interested companies and Yorkshire Forward. A further 20 people from around the University attended his more specialised seminar on the International Gas Market, held in the Management School on Thursday, July 17th. Professor Percebois also discussed common research interests with Professor Wright, instigated a new collaborative venture in the area of Doctoral training and made himself available for discussions with PhD students.

Details of the seminar and lecture follow, plus biographical details for Professor Percebois.

Management School seminar: “The International Gas Market and the Liberalisation Process”

Continental European gas markets, or the lack of them, are frequently blamed by the UK government for contributing to the rapid increase in gas prices which we are currently experiencing. In this seminar Professor Jacques Percebois will show how the continental European gas market is organised, both in terms of where gas supplies are obtained from and how they are contracted for and priced. The companies involved (both importers and exporters) and their strategies will be examined, exposing the issues which they pose for regulators.

The University seminar: “The role of nuclear energy in Europe and the reprocessing-recycling policy of nuclear waste in France”

Following a survey of the role of nuclear power in European primary energy balances and in electricity generation, Professor Percebois will discuss the main foundations of French energy policy and the role played in it by nuclear power. The principal focus of the seminar will be on the long-term management of nuclear wastes in France: the French legal framework, the volumes of waste involved, the technology and the prospective costs. The policy decisions which are pending about about reprocessing and storage will also be discussed.

Professor Jacques Percebois:

Professor Jacques Percebois is the Director of CREDEN (Centre for Research in Energy Economics & Law) at the University of Montpellier(1) where he was formerly a long-serving Dean of the Faculty of Economics. He is France’s most distinguished energy economist whose status was internationally recognised last year when he received the International Association for Energy Economics’ Outstanding Contribution Award at its annual conference in Florence. He has contributed to numerous French government enquiries and currently sits on the National Commission for the Evaluation of Research into the Management of Nuclear Materials and Nuclear Waste. He is a member of the board of Gaz de France Transport.