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Personality in the Workplace: The Elephant in the Room

Format Workshop
Presenters Dr Peter Cotton
Description 8.30am - 9.00am Registration and morning coffee

9.00am - 11.00am Introduction and Session One
Overview of the 'Big Five' factor model of personality
Personality: adaptive and maladaptive
Personality profile exercise
Personality, wellbeing and life trajectories: practical examples
The differences between personality Traits, Styles and Disorders

Session Two
Personality as a predictor of work performance
Personality and workplace counterproductive behaviours
Identifying counterproductive behaviour risk in recruitment processes
Trait Emotionality; profile and associated workplace behaviours
'Type D' personality and psychological vulnerability
Trait Compulsiveness; profile and associated workplace behaviours
Trait Antagonism (narcissism); profile and associated workplace behaviours
Other key personality traits relevant to the workplace
Case studies

11.00am - 11.15am Morning Tea

11.15am - 12.30pm Session Three
The extent to which personality-based behavioural issues can be managed in the workplace
Workplace management strategies
Workplace containment of personality-based behaviours: Proactively minimising 'incivility'
When personality-based issues warrant clinical intervention
Evidence regarding the effectiveness of inte rventions to reduce the impact of maladaptive traits
Case study: Transforming excessive perfectionism to healthy perfectionism

12.30pm - 1.15pm Lunch

1.15pm - 2.45pm Session Four
The bullying phenomenon and personality factors
Clarifying organisational and individual level contributions to the incidence of workplace bullying
The impact of trait emotionality on performance management
Organisational risk associated with manager approaches to performance management
Bullying victims and personality issues
The organisational prevention of bullying: Managing and improving organisational climate
Case studies

2.45pm - 3.00pm Afternoon Tea

3.00pm -4.30/4.45pm Session Five
Personality disorders: overview of five key types
Personality disorders in the workplace
Personality and psychological injury
Personality and chronic pain
The impact of psychosocial factors (i.e., perceived injustice, low job satisfaction and perceived inadequate support)
Querulent complainants and the obsessive pursuit of justice
Case studies
About the presenter(s) Dr Peter Cotton is a Clinical and Organisational Psychologist specialising in occupational mental health and how organisational environments influence employee behavioural and wellbeing outcomes. He has published a number of book chapters and peer reviewed research papers, and worked as an advisor to government including as a subject matter expert in occupational mental health with the National Occupational Safety and Health Commission. Peter has held consulting appointments with most Australian workers compensation authorities and the Australian Public Sector Commission. Organisational health research he coauthored with Professor Peter Hart was incorporated into Comcare's 2008 jurisdictional guidance materials (Working Well: An Organisational Approach to the Prevention of Psychological Injury). In 1996 Peter was instrumental in convening the First National Occupational Stress Conference co-sponsored by Comcare and the Australian Psychological Society. He has continued to work at the forefront of the management and prevention of psychological injury and workplace psychosocial risk since that time. More recently, he has assisted WorkSafe Victoria with the development and implementation of the most advanced clinical quality assurance program of all Australian jurisdictions. In February 2010 Peter was appointed as the Australian representative to attend the Global Roundtable of Employment and Mental Health in London sponsored by the UK government.
Location SA Metro, Australia
Venue Sebel Playford
120 North Terrace, ADELAIDE

Please contact the event organiser to confirm if this venue is wheelchair accessible
Start/End Date 8 Nov 2012
Time 9.00am - 5.00pm
Cost See brochure for details
Organiser PPL Education Services P/L
Contact Name Sally Lane
Telephone 02 6628 2901
Fax 02 6628 2902