Information about this study

Understanding the effects of workplace stressors
Ethics approval number: S/17/10/40

Purpose
Our work is an important part of our lives and can be a source of satisfaction and structure to our time, but it can also have it's downside. You are invited to take part in this research project to evaluate the impact that different parts of our workplaces may have upon stress levels, by assessing the interactions of the person, their work role, and the organisation in which they work. You should be at least 16 years or over and be working at least 4 hours per week to participate in the study. 

Contacts
The research team consists of Chief Investigator Dr Prudence Millear (Lecturer in Psychology) and Ms Clare Farley (Honours Student of Psychology). Please direct questions to:

Prudence Millear
Email: pmillear@usc.edu.au
Phone: 07 54301243

Clare Farley
Email:  ctf001@student.usc.edu.au

Participant experience
If you agree to take part in this survey, you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire which will take approximately 10-15 minutes of your time.  The survey will ask questions about you, your current position and your organisation.  
PLEASE NOTE: The information collected does not include your name, position name or any names of organisations, as this is not required for the study.

Risks and benefits
While there are no specific risks involved in this survey, you need to be aware that the questions may require some thought about your workplace.  While you will not receive any direct benefits for participating, your information will help contribute to a body of information about workplace stressors.

Participation and consent
Participation in the study is voluntary, and you may discontinue at any time without penalty.  As your survey responses will be non-identifiable, it will not be possible to withdraw your responses after you have submitted them online.  Consent will be implied by completion and submission of the survey.  Consent is for the use of your results in this project as well as future related research projects.

Confidentiality and results
Your responses to this survey will be completely anonymous, and no member of the research team will know who has participated.  If you would like a summary of findings of this research project, please email Dr Prue Millear or Clare Farley and the summary will be sent out once the project has been completed.  Non-identifiable study results may form part of the student’s dissertation and may also be presented at external or internal conferences or meetings, or by publication.

Complaints / Concerns
If you have any complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with the Chief Investigator.  If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University: (c/- the Research Ethics Officer, Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; telephone (07) 5459 4574; email humanethics@usc.edu.au).  If you are distressed, please call Lifeline on 131114.

The researcher and the University of the Sunshine Coast thank you for your time!

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