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Meet our visitor, Wiebke Roling

We are delighted to have hosted Wiebke Roling at the Centre! Wiebke is a PhD student from the Faculty of Psychology at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. We had the opportunity to sit down for a brief Q&A to learn more about her and her research.

⭐️Tell me a bit about yourself?

I am a doctoral candidate in the field of work and organizational psychology at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany. My research interest is focused on how to support people when they have to adapt to change in the workplace.

⭐️What will you do / are you doing at CTWD / FOWI?

The goal of my visit was to meet the researchers at FOWI, learn more about their work, and identify overlaps and research gaps for future research and possible collaborations.

⭐️How did you find the experience?

I really enjoyed my time at FOWI! It was great to meet so many inspiring researchers!

⭐️What does the future of work look like to you?

The way how we work changes. The world of work is more dynamic and agile, the use of technology and automation increases, and a high level of flexibility and adaptability is essential.

⭐️If you were a book or a movie, what would it be?

Good question… I have no idea!

⭐️One thing not many people know about you?

I love to go swimming.

During her visit, Wiebke presented a seminar about her PhD research titled "Adapting to Change in the Workplace: Research on Factors that Facilitate or Hinder Adaptation Processes". The seminar was a deep dive into the critical factors that influence how employees adapt to changes in their work environment.

Here’s an overview of what was covered:

Adaptability and flexibility have become increasingly important since new technologies and innovation have caused frequent changes for people at work. People are required to adapt to those changes and forget the knowledge and behavior that has recently become obsolete. The research presented in this talk focuses on factors that facilitate or hinder adaptation processes, and the question of how organizations can support their employees during a change. Theoretical assumptions, methodological approaches, and first results of empirical studies were presented and discussed.

We thank Wiebke for her time and contributions, and we look forward to the advancements in understanding workplace adaptability that her research will undoubtedly bring.

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