Negative cyber communication in the workplace is the subject of a study by two doctoral researchers from the Queensland University of Technology and the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.
An anonymous online survey has been developed and approved by the universities’ respective Ethics Committees that asks Public Servants across Australia to identify examples of workplace cyber communication that could be considered cyber-bullying behaviour.
This behaviour could occur out of office hours and over work-based email, SMS or platforms such as social media, blogs, instant messaging and so forth.
It could be accessed from work iPhones, iPads or desktops.
Public sector employees potentially at risk of observing or experiencing these cyber behaviours could include decision makers, policy developers or program implementers such as human resource and frontline areas who may work across Government or directly with the public.
The outcomes of this research will be twofold—to identify whether negative workplace cyber behaviour was occurring across the Australian public sector and determine the impact on employees’ mental and physical health and work performance, and to develop a world-first workplace cyber-bullying measurement tool that organisations and researchers can use to better understand this workplace phenomenon.
Anyone who wishes to take part in this 5-10 minute anonymous survey can access it at this PS News link.
A second anonymous survey, using the new workplace cyber-bullying measurement tool, is expected to be conducted in early 2014 to determine the impact of negative workplace cyber behaviour on employees’ health and work performance.
Edition 385, 29 October 2013