Want to know more about harassment

By Astri Kamsvåg

8 May 2019 10:05

Want to know more about harassment

"We take bullying and harassment very seriously. We need to know more about the extent of the problem, and that is why NHH is participating in a comprehensive national survey now in May," says rector Øystein Thøgersen.

From 20 May to 31 May, a large national survey will be conducted for around 40,000 staff at universities and colleges across the country. Every employee will be asked if we have experienced bullying or harassment in the workplace, and if we know where to report it if we have. The survey also includes questions about the organisational rank of the person who bullies or harasses.

On 20 May you will receive an email from noreply@ipsos.no with a link to the survey.

Until now there has been little knowledge about the extent of bullying and harassment in the higher education sector.

"By getting more precise information, we move from weakly founded opinions to facts. This will in turn provide the basis for implementing measures in the form of both prevention and follow-up of any problems," says Øystein.

Lowering the threshold

Reporting unwanted incidents can be hard. Is the case sufficiently serious? Who do you report to, and what does the follow-up involve? These are questions worrying many.

"We hope that increased awareness about the issue will lower the threshold for speaking up when experiencing unwanted incidents," Øystein says.

The survey is anonymous. No names are given and the link between the e-mail address and questionnaire will be deleted immediately after it is completed. No staff at individual institutions have access to the data.

Guaranteed anonymity

The collected data and subsequent analysis will be managed by Ipsos Norway. Ipsos reads and analyses the data in a way that ensures anonymity in compliance with the personal data protection legislation.

A national-level report will be produced. Universities and colleges can receive a report at institutional level. NHH will receive our report after the summer.

Helpline

If you need someone to talk to in connection with this issue, a 24/7 helpline will be operational in the time during and after the survey. The Clinic for Crisis Psychology in Bergen manages the helpline.

Speak Up

Since the survey is anonymous, reported bullying and harassment does not count as whistleblowing.

"If you have experienced unwanted conduct in your employment with us, we ask you to report it through our Speak Up reporting service: Reporting of violations of laws or ethical standards at NHH. By doing so you give us the opportunity to deal appropriately with the issue," rector says.

Fixed and temporary positions

The survey is sent to employees in fixed and temporary positions. Those who are not included in the survey are those who work in adjunct positions, student assistants (students have a separate survey) and those who are hired through staffing agencies.  

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