Women at Work Survey

Women at Work logoFrequently asked questions (FAQs)

Why complete the survey?

The Women at Work survey will provide valuable information regarding the unique health and work related challenges and issues faced by working women in midlife and older. It will look at many aspects of older women’s lives, including menopause. This information will assist organisations in the provision of workplace policies and procedures that help support working women in this age group.

How will my survey information be used?

Data from the Women at Work survey will help us understand the specific health and work related issues and challenges experienced by women over 40. For example, do certain aspects of women’s health impact on their engagement at work? Does menopause effect engagement at work? And does a woman’s age influence how her colleagues perceive her working ability? Some of this research may be reported in journal articles or other publications or presentations, but only in aggregate form; your answers will never be singled out in any way.

All data files from this survey will be encrypted (i.e. require password access) and they will also be stored securely on a pass-word protected computer at La Trobe University for a period of 5 years. At the end of this period, the data will be deleted.

What does the survey cover?

The Women at Work survey first asks some general background questions about you, such as your age and education. It then follows with a number of sections that asks questions about your workplace environment, enjoyment and engagement at work, some women’s health questions and some questions about your general physical and mental health and personal well-being.

Will my identity be known to anyone if I participate?

No. You will remain anonymous. No identifying information will be collected (you will not be asked to record your name, your date of birth, your post code or the faculty / department you work for). The survey has been set up at a secure website address provided by our net space provider. No staff at either the provider site or at La Trobe University or Monash University will have access to your IP address.

Confidentiality of the results will also be maintained at all times. Only research staff working on the Women at Work project at La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University; ARCSHS, La Trobe University; and Department of Management, Monash University will have password access to the data.

How long will it take to complete the survey?

The survey will take around 15 minutes to complete and will involve several click-to-answer questions for you to answer. The exact number of questions varies according to what you have to tell us. Each question can be answered simply by clicking on the appropriate button with your computer mouse. You will need to set aside time to fill out the whole survey in one sitting. You will not be able to return to a partially completed survey at a later time, so we ask you to select a time of day where you can go through the survey without distraction. Your progress through the survey will be indicated via a visual indicator located at the bottom of every page.

How do I exit if I decide to end the session but haven’t reached the end of the survey?

Should you wish to end the survey before completion, you can either click the “exit survey now” button or simply close your browser window. Partially completed surveys will not be used in this research, so unless you completed the survey by clicking "Submit Answers", your responses will not be used.

Will I have access to the information I give about myself?

No. Because we do not have access to the identity of any of our participants, we will be unable to provide any individual with information. However, reports that describe the overall findings of the Women at Work survey will be available for download once they have been completed.

How can I obtain information about the survey results once they are completed?

The availability of the reports will be advertised on the La Trobe School of Business and ARCSHS website in the future at http://www.latrobe.edu.au/business and www.latrobe.edu.au/arcshs and on the Department of Management, Monash University website in the future at http://www.buseco.monash.edu.au/mgt/. So stay tuned.

Will there be a follow up survey?

No. There will not be a follow up survey. We only ask you to fill out this survey once.

What can I do if the survey raises any concerns?

If you have any questions about this survey, you can contact any of the researchers working on this project:

Professor Gavin Jack
Department of Management, La Trobe Business School
La Trobe University
Email: g.jack@latrobe.edu.au
Phone: 03 9479 3137

Professor Marian Pitts
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
La Trobe University
Email: m.pitts@latrobe.edu.au
Phone: 03 9479 8726

Dr Jan Schapper
Department of Management, La Trobe Business School
La Trobe University
Email: j.schapper@latrobe.edu.au
Phone: 03 9479 5691

Associate Professor Kathleen Riach
Department of Management
Monash University
Email: kathleen.riach@monash.edu
Phone: 03 9903 2998

Ms Emily Bariola
Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society
La Trobe University
Email: e.bariola@latrobe.edu.au
Phone: 03 9479 8743

If you have any complaints or queries that researchers for this project were unable to answer to your satisfaction, you may contact:

The Secretary, Faculty Human Ethics Committee, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, La Trobe University, Victoria, 3086, ph: (03) 9479 5164, email: fbel.ergs@latrobe.edu.au. Please quote FHEC application reference number 59/13R.

If completing this survey brings up experiences that have been distressing or leads to further questions about the topics covered, you can also try discussing your concerns by contacting any of the following organisations: