Forgiving Offenses in the Workplace: Differing Motives and Their Results on Employee Well-being

On November 28th, 2012 Prof. Rebecca J. Bennett (Louisiana Tech University, USA) will give a lecture on the topic "Forgiving Offenses in the Workplace: Differing Motives and Their Results on Employee Well-being ". The lecture is open to the public. Space is limited, so please register ahead of time.

Past event — 28 November 2012

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Prof. Rebecca J. Bennett


Louisiana Tech University


For employees offended at work, sometimes forgiveness/reconciliation is a necessity for we can't always 'break up with' or walk away from our coworkers or boss. But why do employees sometimes choose to forgive and/ reconcile with their offender?  People can forgive for many reasons:  because they feel sorry for the offender, because they feel superior to the offender, because they are afraid of the offender or incapable of seeking vengeance against the offender. Dr. Bennett will present her research on the topic of employee forgiveness motives and their effect on employees' health and wellbeing. She will offer suggestions for managing conflict in the workplace that may facilitate forgiveness and promote better employee health outcomes.


Becky Bennett is the Herbert McElveen Professor of Management at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana. Prior to coming to Louisiana Tech, Dr. Bennett was a Professor of Management and the Associate Director of the Family Business Center at the University of Toledo.    
Dr. Bennett has taught courses in Human Resource Management, Conflict Resolution, Organizational Behavior, Management Principles, Team Building, and the Dynamics of Family Business. She is well known for her interest in the ‘dark side’ of organizations and her research on employee deviance and responses to offenses in the workplace has been published in academic journals and books and has been presented across the United States and internationally. She served as a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore in Fall, 2003.  She serves on the Editorial Boards of Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes and the Journal of Organizational Behavior.  
Dr. Bennett is a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri. She received her B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, at Washington University and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Organizational Behavior from Northwestern University.   
Dr. Bennett served on an advisory panel conducted by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SPAWAR) and the Special Security Center (SSC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in August, 2010 to review the Federal Security Clearance Process Adjudicative Guidelines. She has consulted with both small and large manufacturing and service firms in the Toledo, Ohio area including Daimler-Chrysler, Pilkington Glass, and Bock Engineered Products, and she has served on and consulted with numerous non-profit boards on human resource issues. She has directed the performance evaluation and compensation process and has conducted satisfaction surveys at several non-profit agencies. Her areas of expertise are human resource management, performance management, employee satisfaction, employee deviance, conflict management and family business issues such as succession planning.  
more information about Prof. Rebecca J. Bennett
To register please send an email to: birgit.kappert(at)

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