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Informed Consent

This study measures the ability of training in emotional connection to increase emotional intelligence and reduce workplace conflict. If you are 19 years of age or older and meet two requirements: (a) are a first-time EmC online course enrollee and are (b) currently employed, you may participate in this research.
What will be done during this research study?

Participation in this study will require completing an online survey which will take about 7 minutes, watching EmC online course which will take about 90 minutes. After three weeks you will re-take the post-training survey.  At the conclusion of the second survey, you will have an opportunity to volunteer for an optional interview with 7 questions. All participation will take place online (SurveyMonkey for the survey and Zoom for the interview).  You are not required to participate in the optional interview.

What are the possible risks of being in this research study?

This study poses no more than minimal risks. The potential and foreseeable risks associated with participation in this study may include discomfort from reflecting on bad workplace conflicts. Additionally, participating in the optional interview may be an inconvenience for some as it will make the total participation longer.

What are the possible benefits to you?

The results of this study will be used to add pathways to the development of emotional intelligence and add understanding to the usefulness of emotional connections in addressing workplace conflict. The value of such insights to modern organizations is significant. However, as this is a research study, the potential and anticipated benefits are contingent upon the findings and recommendations that emerge from the study.
How will information about you be protected?

All participants will have a code assigned to their survey responses. All survey data will be presented in aggregate. The phase one survey data will be stored in a password-protected online portal. Data collected in the phase two interviews will be de-identified by assigned codes.

The coding system created for the survey phase will be used to protect the confidentiality of the participant's audio-recorded interview (if conducted). The interview transcripts will then be saved on the researcher's password-protected computer.

The master list of codes will be kept separately from the data in a locked file cabinet in the researcher's home office. Confidentiality will be protected by using secure networks and coding information before saving it to the computer.

What are your rights as a research subject?

You may ask any questions concerning this research and have those questions answered before agreeing to participate in or during the study.

For study-related questions, please contact the investigator:

Charles Gross, Ph.D.

For questions concerning your rights or complaints about the research contact the Institutional Review Board (IRB):

• Phone: 1(310)568-2305

• Email:
What will happen if you decide not to be in this research study or decide to stop participating once you start?

You can decide not to be in this research study, or you can stop being in this research study (“withdraw’) at any time before, during, or after the research begins for any reason. Deciding not to be in this research study or deciding to withdraw will not affect your relationship with the investigator or with Pepperdine University.

You will not lose any benefits to which you are entitled.

Documentation of Informed Consent

You are voluntarily making a decision whether or not to participate in this research study. By clicking on the I Agree button below, your consent to participate is implied. You should print a copy of this page for your records.

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