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‘Silence is golden’? Work psychology science explores why silence in organisations can be far from a good thing.

What’s on offer?

Online webinar event

  • 9:00 Introductions and welcome - Prof Searle
  • 9:05 Launch new animation
  • 9:15 4 Short science talks 1: Looking back to forward – what research is needed in the field
  • 9:30 Short science talk 2: Understanding why saints become sinners
  • 09:45 Short science talk 3: Prosocial vs deviant silence: Perspectives on collateral damage for an organisation
  • 10:00 Short science talk 4: Developing a moral voice: How to mitigate negative consequences of silence:
  • 10:20 short break
  • 10.30 – 11.45 Panel on silence from securities and employers – chaired by Prof Searle – short introducing from each about their organisations and the value of applied WOP research in their area
  • 11.45 wrap-up event


The event will be recorded and these talks hosted on the EAWOP impact incubator’s YouTube site.

What’s it about?

“Silence is golden” they say, however, work & organisational psychological (WOP) science shows that it can also be dangerous for individuals, organisations and society when people do not feel able or actively withhold information and concerns. In this FoSS event we launch our new short animation that outlines how and why employee silence can arise. Four short science-based talks reveal the science behind why silence arises, how it can be detected and the negative impacts ameliorated.

Following these talks a practitioner panel discussion with leaders of HR (CIPD), from industry, and the security and policing sectors will discuss how WOP research informs their practice and leads to the development of safer and more resilient organisations. They will identify key challenges and issues. Those attending this event will gain insight into the impact of silence, understanding eight different reasons that silence can arise, and how these impacts can be reduced in organisation. They will have a preview of the new animation which can then be viewed again and used to raise awareness of the destructive role of silence in organsiations.

Who’s leading the event?

The event is led by Prof Rosalind Searle, The speakers will include:

Dr. Michael Knoll (University of Leipzig Germany)

Dr. Yannick Griep (Radboud University, The Netherlands)

Dr.Charis Rice (Coventry University)

Dr. Roberta Fida (University of East Anglia)

Open to

The event will be open to those in employing organisations and those interested in the topic.

Event Booking details

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