Survey about harassment
‘We take bullying and harassment seriously and are conducting this survey in order to gather data. The collected data will provide the basis for measures to help prevent and follow up cases of bullying and harassment.,’ says rector Dag Rune Olsen.
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 they have experienced bullying or harassment in the workplace, and if they know where to report it if they have. The survey also includes questions about the organisational rank of the person who bullies or harasses.
‘The collected data will give us facts rather than weakly founded opinions. It will provide the basis for measures to help prevent and follow up cases of bullying and harassment,’ says rector Dag Rune Olsen.
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,’ the rector 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. 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.
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.
Since the survey is anonymous, reported bullying and harassment does not count as whistleblowing.
‘If you have experienced bullying or harassment in the workplace, we ask you to report it and follow our complaints procedures. Reporting through the survey is not possible since it is anonymous, and no one can track who responded in what way.' says Olsen.