Testing the inclusion of personal resources within the Job Demands-Resources model
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Testing the inclusion of personal resources within the Job Demands-Resources model

Human Research Ethics Approval Number - H20REA047


Survey Description
This project is being undertaken as part of a Psychology Honours program. The main purpose of this project is to explore some personal and job-related factors that can influence your motivation and wellbeing at work, and also your job satisfaction and intention to stay in your job. Some of the personal factors include your level of social support and work-life balance, as well as your sense of autonomy, competence, and relatedness, and your psychological flexibility and mindfulness at work. We also want to find out how those personal qualities interact with the demands and resources within your work environment. We are inviting you to participate in this research to help us to better understand how all of these different factors fit together and which ones contribute to people feeling motivated and satisfied at work and which ones contribute to people feeling burnt out and dissatisfied at work.

To be eligible to participate in this survey, you need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, aged 18 years or older, and be working in some form of paid employment (e.g., casual, part-time, full-time, self-employed).  Your participation will involve completion of an online questionnaire that will take approximately 20 minutes of your time.

The questionnaire includes a range of different items, some of them are statements that we will ask you to rate, such as “I am very satisfied with my job”, “I am not easily bothered by things”, “I ask others for feedback on my job performance”, “I am enthusiastic about my job”, “Others in my life are very supportive of my career”, “Balancing work and family responsibilities is manageable”, and “There are days when I feel tired before I arrive at work”. There are also questions about your current job, such as “Do you have too much work to do?”, “Do you get on well with your colleagues?”, and “Do you think your organization pays good salaries?”

Your participation in this project is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to take part, you are not obliged to. If you decide to take part and later change your mind, you are free to withdraw from the project at any stage. Because your responses to the questionnaire are anonymous and we cannot identify you, you will be unable to withdraw data collected about yourself after you have submitted your survey responses. You can withdraw from this project at any stage while you are completing the online survey by exiting the survey and not submitting your responses.
Your decision whether you take part, do not take part, or to take part and then withdraw, will in no way impact your current or future relationship with the University of Southern Queensland or your relationships with the researchers.

Expected Benefits

It is expected that this project will not have any direct or immediate benefits to you, however, the results of the project will contribute to the research in this area and may help to inform interventions at an organisation and an individual level that will assist in improving worker well-being.

By taking part in this online survey, once you submit your responses, you will be offered the option of entering into the USQ School of Psychology and Counselling prize draw, where there is an opportunity to win one of three prepaid Visa gift cards to the value of $50 or $100. If you wish to enter the prize draw, you will be directed to an online form where you can enter your name and contact details. This form will not be connected to your survey responses to ensure that your data are kept anonymous. USQ psychology undergraduate students who complete the online survey may be able to apply for course credit if research participation is part of your course assessment.

In participating in the questionnaire, there are no anticipated risks beyond normal day-to-day living, however, sometimes thinking about the sorts of issues raised in the questionnaire can create some uncomfortable or distressing feelings.  If you need to talk to someone about this immediately, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. You may also wish to consider consulting your General Practitioner (GP) for additional support. For USQ students, there is a 24-hour USQ Student Advice Line (1300 932 483) and free USQ Counselling Service (07 4631 2372) available during business hours.


The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete and we recognise that this is quite a time imposition, so you will be able to complete the survey in several sittings if you wish, with your responses being saved between sittings. To save your work, click on the "Resume Later" button at the top of the survey question screen. This will allow you to save your details and receive an email containing a link. The link will allow you to directly access your survey at the point where you saved it, so that you can continue and submit your survey responses.

You will need access to a stable internet connection and a computer/laptop or other electronic device to complete the online survey. If you experience any technical difficulties when you are completing the online survey, please contact the Principal Investigator below.

Privacy and Confidentiality
All comments and responses will be treated confidentially unless required by law. The names of individual persons are not required in any of the responses and all data will remain anonymous. The results of this study will be presented in five psychology honours thesis. The anonymous data set will be available to other researchers if they make a request to and receive permission from, the principal researcher. The results of this study may be published in journal articles and other academic literature and may also be presented at conferences or seminars or other public forums. Participants and other interested stakeholders will be provided with a summary of the results of this study upon request to the principal investigator, whose contact details are included on this page. Any data collected as a part of this project will be stored securely as per University of Southern Queensland’s Research Data Management policy.

Consent to Participate
Clicking on the ‘Submit’ button at the conclusion of the online questionnaire is accepted as an indication of your consent to participate in this project.

Questions or Further Information about the Project
Please refer to the Research Team Contact Details on this page to have any questions answered or to request further information about this project.

Concerns or Complaints Regarding the Conduct of the Project
If you have any concerns or complaints about the ethical conduct of the project, you may contact the University of Southern Queensland Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics on +61 7 4631 1839 or email researchintegrity@usq.edu.au. The Manager of Research Integrity and Ethics is not connected with the research project and can facilitate a resolution to your concern in an unbiased manner.

Research Team Contact Details
Principal Investigator Details
Dr Nancey Hoare
Email:  Nancey.hoare@usq.edu.au
Telephone: +61 7 4631 1740
Mobile: +61 402 113 525

Other Investigator Details
Mrs Alison Moss | Email:  U1116535@umail.usq.edu.au
Mrs Roza Hammon | Email: U1128089@umail.usq.edu.au
Ms Julie Leyland | Email: U1095994@umail.usq.edu.au
Mr Tony Perry | Email: U1107236@umail.usq.edu.au
Mr Andrew Jacobson | Email: W0088166@umail.usq.edu.au