Goodman talk to examine impact of workplace dynamics on creativity

When supervisors disregard their employees’ work activities and viewpoints, it can negatively impact employee performance, well-being and organizational perceptions, and lead to increased employee turnover.

During an upcoming Brock University talk, Sadia Jahanzeb, Assistant Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behaviour at the Goodman School of Business, will look at this concept and share her recent research that examines how this supervisor-employee dynamic — known as supervisor ostracism — can also hinder employee creativity.

Her study focuses on an employee’s likelihood to refrain from sharing their ideas, information and opinions as a defensive response to ostracism, which is less probable when they apply self-initiated, change-oriented and future-focused behaviour, informed by their proactivity.

On Friday, Feb. 18, Jahanzeb will present her findings at Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series event during her talk, “Silence and proactivity in managing supervisor ostracism: Implications for creativity.”

The Goodman speaker series provides Goodman faculty, staff and students with an informal opportunity to listen and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with business colleagues virtually.

Jahanzeb’s talk will take place online Friday, Feb. 18 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Master of Science students are welcome to attend in-person at TH259 and all other attendees can RSVP to receive a link to the session by emailing Crystal Li at

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