Psychologist examines workers’ experiences

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Psychologist examines workers’ experiences


23 September 2013

In modern workplaces, are older employees steady and reliable or stuck in the past? Are younger employees innovative and tech-savvy or self-obsessed?

A University of the Sunshine Coast Psychology academic aims to find the truth behind the stereotypes in a new project with the Health and Safety Laboratory, a renowned research facility in Buxton in the United Kingdom.

USC Psychology Lecturer Dr Prudence Millear said she wanted to explore the attitudes and experiences of different generations working in the digital era, particularly their use of technology and ability to get along with colleagues.

“Many things have changed since computers. But many things remain the same, like working with others, having great ideas and bringing them to completion, and looking after customers,” she said.

“Is a worker’s experience related to their generation? Or is it more about their own opportunities and circumstances and the type of job they’re doing?”

Dr Millear’s survey is now open to the public online via Survey Monkey.

— Julie Schomberg

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