Psychologically safe and inclusive workplaces: Evidence based assessment and intervention

The purpose of this research project is to improve psychological health and safety in the workplace. Psychological health and safety refers to comprehensive view of mental health in the workplace which includes reducing risk for mental harm and promoting employee mental health. It is a joint responsibility between employees and employers. Part 1 of the project is to create an evidence-based assessment tool that workplaces can use to assess the degree to which their workplace is psychologically safe and inclusive.

Application of Short Form Methodologies in the Workplace: Testing Survey Structure, Delivery Methods and Frequency of Data Collection

Although survey measurement is a common practice in many industries to collect workplace feedback, there is a lack of peer-reviewed literature reflecting how organizations are surveying their workforce (Rotolo, Fleck, & Shepherd, 2020). Several survey administration and design concerns should be empirically examined to understand how organizations collect data, which include survey design, delivery, and frequency.

Understanding Habitats and Locations of Threatened Lichens within Atlantic Canada Through the Creation of Species Distribution Models and their Model-derived Products

The project will focus on understanding how three threatened lichen species (Peltigera hydrothyria, Anzia colpodes, and Pannaria lurida) within Atlantic Canada are distributed and impacted by both the environment and humans. A statistical analysis and field collection will be completed to determine if the models used for each species accurately predicts the presence of the lichen. Detailed documentation will be provided to aid in creating a modelling standard and to facilitate the study being repeated.

Designing, testing, and constructing a fully-functional, at-home recycling machine prototype

This research project will investigate the four essential steps to constructing a prototype of a fully-functional, at-home recycling machine: (1) sorting/identification of approved plastics, (2) shredding, (3) decontaminating; and (4) assembling all of the preceding functions into a single, at-home recycling machine.
The goal is to reimagine and rework the traditional recycling supply chain by having the recycling of eligible plastics performed in the home in a self-contained, multi-functioned unit, slightly larger than a dishwasher.
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Development of a Deliberate Practice Scale and Model for Improving Focus and Commitment

With media being inundated with headlines on the “great resignation” and others talking about the competition for our focus, I believe this research has significant contribution to both the research literature and practice. By utilizing the deliberate practice theoretical lens (Ericsson, Krampe, Tesch-Romer, 1993), this research aims to conceptualize a model to demonstrate the impact of grit and deliberate practice on focus and commitment within teams and organizations.

Evaluating the effectiveness of a digital resilience training & developing the BESAFE at work scale

AIR Institutes is launching a new resilience online training through a digital portal called AIR Space. The goal of the proposed project will be to evaluate if the training delivered in an online format is effective in developing and improving resilience. As users go through different activities delivered through the digital portal, their level of resilience will be measured over time through short surveys and daily check-ins. This will allow to identify any improvement in resilience and whether the digital portal is effective in improving resilience.

Lichens, lichenivorous gastropods, and acidification at clearcut and natural forest edges

Clearcut logging and acid deposition affect lichens and slugs (lichen consumers). The main research goal of this project is to improve our understanding of clearcutting and acidification impacts on lichens in Nova Scotia. The effects of forest logging on ecological communities may extend beyond the edge of the clearcut into the forest. We will: (i) identify the responses of lichens to clearcut and unharvested wetland forest edges; (ii) determine how lichens relate to acidity; and (iii) examine the influences on lichen survival and health on a landscape scale.

Retaining Diverse Employees at Technology Companies

The current research project aims to investigate internal communication among organizations in the IT industry and whether communication experiences are different among minorities and women in the organizations. A diverse workplace is important to facilitate an inclusive, productive, and healthy workplace. However, no study has looked at how communication to women and diverse employees may be different than majority groups.

Technical, Environmental, and Economic assessment of recycled 3D printing filament making machine: Opportunely and challenges

The proposed project focuses on assessing an innovative piece of equipment for turning plastic waste into recycled filament for 3D printing. Through this project, Shifting Shap3s will better understand the impact of various factors, such as mechanical and environmental, on the quality of the output filament. In addition, the project will assess the environmental impacts of the product and its lifecycle. Moreover, it will analyze the economic performance of the product and opportunities for sustainable production.

Correlating Manager Interpersonal Skills with Team Psychological Safety

Psychological safety has been consistently linked to positive workplace outcomes, including increased team learning and task performance (Edmondson, 1999; Newman et al., 2017). Previous research focusing on the development of psychological safety has identified several of its antecedents (Frazier et al., 2017). For instance, leaders have been found to play a critical role in shaping the psychological safety climate within the work teams (Nemanich & Vera, 2009; Nembhard & Edmondson, 2006).