Work With Me as a Practitioner
I need you! As my research is about work, it is important for me to collaborate with people within organizations. I believe these collaborations benefit not only the researcher, but also yourself as a worker and your organization. There are clear synergies between research and practice.
I would love to hear your working stories, to help you solve the problems your organization faces or the problems you face yourself as an employee. Join me and we could make your case contribute to science! We can also work together on papers or articles, publishing them in popular newspapers and blogs or present them in conferences. Your contribution can remain absolutely anonymous and confidential if you wish so.
4 adjectives describing the research we could conduct together:
The research we will conduct together will have a real impact on your business. Well-Being interventions not only increase productivity and reduce sickness absences, they also make people happy!
The research we will conduct together will be rigorous and scientific. The findings will contribute to your evidence-based practice of management and help you take scientifically informed decisions.
The research can be quantitative, involving surveys and experiments for example. These projects are perfect for large-scale enquiries into well-being, such as an audit of your workforce.
The research can also be qualitative, with interviews and observations. These projects are well-suited for an in-depth investigation of a small sample such as a SME, a team or key individuals.
Research Projects For Which I Need Your Help
In 1998, the New York Times headlined "Sad Lonely World Discovered in Cyberspace", and since then the confusion continued about the exact contribution of virtual interactions for reducing loneliness. Loneliness is not only about Hikikomori, the Japanese reclusive adolescents, or isolated elderly people. It happens in the workplace too, how surprising it may seem! Loneliness is not about the amount of social interactions, but the individual's perceptions of his/her interactions. Its effects are devastating, but can e-mails, instant messages and Enterprise Social Networks help mitigate them? Join me in my research and let's find out!
Would you dare to ban all emails in your organization for a week? My supervisor Prof Cary Cooper tried it (watch online 1/1 and 2/2), and made a quiet office buzzing again! Employees were allowed to send emails only to share files, but they had to come talk to their colleagues face-to-face to explain what the file was for. This highly engaging experiment will strengthen the relationships between your employees and make you reflect on the risks and benefits of virtual interactions. Would you dare to reproduce it with me in your own organization?
How would you react if your employer were to ban all face-to-face interactions in the office and send employees back home to telework? Some individuals might love the idea and embrace virtual interactions, but some others might be concerned by the mere thought of it. We seem to differ in our preference toward face-to-face interactions. This preference is of a new kind, and it is not about solitude because virtual interactions can replace face-to-face interactions in many ways. Let's explore this new individual characteristic together with coworkers and teleworkers, and find out if the coffee break could ever be translated in the virtual workplace!
Have you ever used one of these new live online customer support in which you chat with an assistant? Have you ever thought about the person at the other end, trying to picture him/her answering to you? I did! Emotional Labour is an exhausting task for the mind. Smiling to an angry customer and remaining polite while ignoring one's own personal problems is hard to accomplish. However, behind the screen things are different. One could type a polite message and display a contradicting emotion more easily. If you work in a call centre or a telecom organization, I would love to study with you how well-being and stress are impacted by these new ways of providing customer support!
I look forward to your message!