Emotionally Toxic Workplaces

Emotionally toxic workplaces are prevalent, widespread, suffered by enormous numbers of individuals and do damage to both organisations and people. This book is mainly a literature review and is the only one that we are aware of that covers the entire field of the following themes and brings them together in a single, convenient location. The review of the existing literature identified articles and research concerned with one or two of the following: sources, causes, symptoms, identifying characteristics, toxic people, toxin handlers, outcomes and statistics, surviving and overcoming toxic workplaces. The appendix describes a pilot research study into personal constructs of emotionally toxic workplaces.

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Personal Constructs and Career Exploration

This book is intended as entry level reading for students, scholars, researchers and practitioners wanting to learn about Personal Construct Psychology and methodology. Part One outlines Kelly’s (1955) Personal Construct theory. Part Two describes the methods and techniques. This part of the book takes a hands-on approach whereby readers are invited to use the methods themselves as they learn about them and uses career exploration as the vehicle fo doing so. Despite the focus on career exploration the usefulness of the methods is not restricted to that domain. In addition to clinical and counselling psychology these techniques have been used to powerful effect in business research, consultancy and for elaborating concepts in the classroom. Hence the book should appeal to a wide range of practitioners and researchers and maybe especially useful as entry level reading for thesis students working with PCP.

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Copies of publications by Dr. Robin Hill and Associates

Research Culture

Hill, R.A. (2002) Establishing and Sustaining a Research Culture: A Working Paper. ReConstrue Publications, May 2005.

Hill, R.A. (1999)a Revisiting the term “research culture.” Paper presented to the HERDSA Annual International Conference, Melbourne 12 –15 July 1999.

Hill, R.A. (2000) Demystification of Research: Getting bigger (and better) by thinking small. Paper presented at "Research in Polytechnics" Conference,    Northland Polytechnic, Whangarei, 28 -29 September 2000.

Hill, R.A. (2006) How to kill a research culture in its tracks. Paper presented at the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics of New Zealand (ITPNZ)    Research Conference – Research that Works: Linking research to teaching and learning, Eastern Institute of Technology, Napier, 28-29 September 2006.


Workplace Wellbeing

Hill, R.A. (2004) The Re-Humanisation of work, business and organisation. A paper presented to the inaugural meeting of the “Workplace Wellbeing Network and Seminar Series,” Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand. 29 March 2004.

Hill, R.A. (2005) The part that multiple work roles play in work stress. A paper presented to Workplace Wellbeing Network and Seminar Series, Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand. 30 May 2005.

Hill, R.A. (2007) Workplace Wellbeing in the farming community. A Paper Presented at the Conference of the Asia Pacific Academy of Business in Society (APABIS), Port Vila, Vanuatu, June 25-27, 2007.


Research Methods

Hill, R.A. (1998) What sample size is “Enough" in Internet Survey Research? Interpersonal Computing and Technology: An Electronic Journal for the 21st Century. 6, * (This article can no longer be located at this URL)

Hill, R.A. (2012) A Guideline to Discourse Analysis: With Personal Construct Psychology Undertones; Second Edition. ReConstrue Publications, May 2012.

Hill, R.A. (2005) Tools for “undoing” readings, case studies and research reports. ReConstrue Publications, May 2005.


Organisational Behaviour

Hill, R.A. (2004) Games People Play to Influence Others At Work: Analysis of a collection of short stories. Paper presented at the 11th Biennial Conference of the North American Personal Construct Network, Memphis, TN. June 17-20, 2004.

Hill, R.A. & O’Neil (1999) The Context of Organisational Change. ReConstrue Publications, May 2005.