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Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology

School of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham 

Project Title: Employees’ personal qualities and beliefs and their attitudes and feelings towards their organisation

Researcher:  Georgia Giannakopoulou      e-mail: msxgg4@nottingham.ac.uk

Supervisor:  Weiwei Wang      e-mail: weiwei.wang@nottingham.ac.uk

Ethics Reference Number: 1028

 

We would like to invite you to take part in our research study. Before you decide we would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you.

Your participation in this online study is completely anonymous and voluntary, and you may change your mind about being involved, or decline to answer a particular question. You are free to withdraw at any point before or during the study. Withdrawal does not require a reason. As the data are anonymous, once you have completed and submitted the questionnaire it is not possible to withdraw the data because we won’t know who you are.

 

What is the project about?

The aim of this project is to investigate whether being an optimistic, confident, adaptable and ambitious person influences your relations with your employing organisation. Gaining an understanding of the relationship between employees’ personal qualities and their attitudes for their organisation can be beneficial both for individuals and organisations. Consequently, this study aims to explore this relationship and factors that may affect it.

 

Who is being asked to take part, and why?

You are being invited to take part because you are over the age of 18, you are able to read and write in English and you are currently employed by a company, organisation, or business. You may work in the U.K. or outside. 

 

What will I be asked to do?

After giving your consent on the portal by clicking the appropriate box, you will be asked to follow the instructions and complete the survey on-screen. The questionnaire will take you no more than 10 minutes to complete. 

 

Will the research be of any personal benefit to me?

The research will not be of personal benefit to you, but the information we get from your participation may help enhance understanding of how employees’ personal qualities impact on their relations with their employing organisation and what factors can influence this impact. These findings may be helpful in designing effective interventions for employees that will positively affect them and their relations with their organisations. Hence, your participation is highly valued.

 

What will happen to the information I provide?

Any data you provide will be kept confidential between the primary researchers. The information given is anonymous, with no identifying information required. For anonymous studies, it is not possible to withdraw the data once the study has been completed. Data will be kept secure, and destroyed after a period of time.

 

What will you do with the data?

The results of the research will be written up as part of an educational qualification (master degree in Occupational Psychology) recognised by the University of Nottingham. Please be assured that you will not be identified in any report or publication. 

At the end of the project, all raw data will be kept securely by the University under the terms of the Data Protection Act. The data will not be kept elsewhere.

If you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to receive a summary of the research findings, please don’t hesitate to ask. We can be contacted before and after your participation at the above address.

 

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PARTICIPATION

 

If you have any queries or complaints about this study, please contact the student’s supervisor in the first instance. If this does not resolve the query to your satisfaction, please write to the Administrator to the Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology’s Research Ethics Sub-Committee (MS-DPAPEthics@nottingham.ac.uk, +44 (0)115 8232214) who will pass your query to the Chair of the Committee.

We believe there are no known risks associated with this research study; however, as with any online related activity the risk of a breach is always possible.  We will do everything possible to ensure your answers in this study will remain anonymous. We will minimise any risks by storing any data on a password-protected computer.