Available Events
Centre for Global Workforce Strategy - Mitigating Employee Silence: The Effect of OHS Leading Indicators and the Mediating Role of Burnout
October 03, 2016to October 03, 2016

Increasingly, organisations are focusing on proactive occupational health and safety (OHS) practices, labelled ‘leading indicators’, to protect workers from injury or illness. Drawing upon Conservation of Resources theory (COR), we examine the role of leading indicators of OHS practices in reducing negative outcomes such as burnout (work-related psychological fatigue and exhaustion) and employee silence. We focus on acquiescent silence, defined as the passive withholding of relevant ideas due to submission and resignation. According to COR theory, acquiescent silence is associated with burnout. Currently, little is known about the mechanisms by which OHS leading indicators mitigate negative outcomes. We hypothesise that OHS leading indicators would be negatively related to employee silence. In addition, we hypothesise that burnout would mediate this relationship.

We surveyed 4,750 teachers in Australia using a self-report online questionnaire. Pre-validated, multi-item measures of OHS leading indicators, burnout, and employee silence were utilised. Data were analysed using mediated regression and bias-corrected bootstrapping of the indirect effect.

The results of confirmatory factor analysis indicated that the study measures demonstrated construct validity. As hypothesised, OHS leading indicators were negatively related to employee silence. Also, consistent with expectations, bias-corrected bootstrapping showed that burnout partially mediated the negative effects of OHS leading indicators on employee silence.

Our study shows that OHS leading indicators ameliorate negative employee outcomes such as burnout and silence. We also identify a mechanism through which OHS leading indicators encourage employees to speak up and voice their health and safety concerns. Our findings are consistent with the key tenet of COR theory that, when employees are under stress, they will conserve resources by withholding OHS-relevant ideas, concerns, and information. In terms of practical implications, our findings highlight the benefits of organisations investing in OHS leading indicators to mitigate burnout and, in turn, discourage employee silence.

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016
Time: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Location: Segal Graduate School
                 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
                 Room 2300 (2nd floor)
Cost: Complimentary
Inquiries: Please contact beedie-events@sfu.ca

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Centre for Global Workforce Strategy: Are We on the Same Page? The Development of Trust in Chinese-German Subordinate-Supervisor Relations
October 04, 2016to October 04, 2016

 

Enriching interpersonal cross-cultural trust literature with acculturation theory, this explorative, qualitative study reveals why, how and under which circumstances (collectivist) Chinese subordinates either succeed or fail in forming and developing trust to their (individualist) German supervisors. The analysis is based on 95 semi-structured interviews with Chinese subordinates of German supervisors and German supervisors of Chinese subordinates both in China and in Germany. This study uncovers a three phase process model (comprising the contact, disillusion and acculturation phase), ultimately resulting in either establishment or erosion of trust. The findings disclose that central propositions of seminal (Western) trust concepts are turned upside down, once the focus moves from an exclusively Western cultural setting to one that also includes East Asian contexts. As such, this study exposes important boundary conditions of influential trust concepts and contributes to research on the juxtaposition of Western and Eastern management concepts.

Date: Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
Time: 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Location: Segal Graduate School
                 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
                 Room 2300 (2nd floor)
Cost: Complimentary
Inquiries: Please contact beedie-events@sfu.ca

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Venture Pitch Competition
October 12, 2016to October 12, 2016
Date:
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 
Time:
5:30 – 8:30pm
Location:
Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP
12th floor, 1200 Waterfront Centre
200 Burrard Street
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