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Research into how human services workers experience workplace friendship

Wednesday, August 09, 2017   Posted in: Resources and Information By: Administrator With tags: research, Relationships, workplace, volunteers

University of Canterbury.Participants required for University of Canterbury research into how human services workers experience workplace friendship.

  • Are your work colleagues also your friends?
  • How have your work friends contributed to your life and you as a person?
  • Do friendships in your workplace provide practical and emotional support, recreation and socialising opportunities, and fun, or perhaps they create challenges and conflict?

Kitty Shiner is an Honours degree student on the Human Services Programme at the University of Canterbury. She is studying experiences of workplace friendship amongst professionals who support complex, challenging and/or vulnerable people. The study will explore the benefits and challenges that friendship with colleagues can bring to working and personal lives, and how these can best be fostered within the workplace.

Kitty is looking for participants to take part in a 60- to 90-minute semi-structured interview. The interview will take place late August/early September 2017 in a community location in Christchurch and will be audio-recorded. To be eligible for the study you must be a front-line worker or manager within the human services and have at least 6 months’ service in your current job.

Contact Kitty Shiner if you would like to take part in this research (kms210[at]

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