Dr Sarah Brooks

Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour

Room: C.050
Phone: +44 (0)114 222 3218
Email: s.brooks@sheffield.ac.uk
LinkedIn: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sarah-brooks-a153953
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I am a lecturer in organisational behaviour specialising in occupational psychology, leadership and employee and organisational development. I have 15 years of experience as an operations manager and a management consultant, and have worked in a number of high profile public and private sector organisations across the UK. I gained a PhD looking at upward challenge in the police force from the University of Sheffield in 2017.


My research interests include all aspects of voice and silence, and in particular, the voicing of concerns about unethical behaviour. As a qualitative researcher, I am keen to use innovative and unique methods designed to provide insight into the reasons why employees speak up or remain silent whilst in the workplace.

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PhD Supervision

I am interested in hearing from anyone interested in studying any aspect of voice and silence in the workplace.

Working with Organisations and Public Engagement

If you are interested in knowing more about the reasons why employees do or don’t speak up to their managers, or how managers might encourage voice (or discourage it), please contact me. I am happy to run workshops designed to raise awareness of these issues. If you would like to work with me on a piece of research in your organisation, I would also be delighted to hear from you.


Full list of publications

Conference Presentations/Workshops and Invited Talks

Brooks, S., Topakas, A., & Hildenbrand, K. (2019, July). The Role of Distance in Shaping Relationship Quality between Leaders and Followers. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2019, No. 1, p. 16378).

Duan J, Lapointe É, Xu Y & Brooks S (2019) Why do employees speak up? Examining the roles of LMX, perceived risk and perceived leader power in predicting voice behavior. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 34(8), 560-572.

Brooks, S (2019). How do UK Police Officers Challenge Upwards in Formal Situations? 19th EAWOP Congresso, Turin, Italy.

January (2019) - Does it look like we want to hear your views? How organisation structure and communication channels shape voice and silence. Invited talk at the Expert Insights Series, hosted by Antonia Dietman on behalf of the HM Courts & Tribunals Service.

Brooks, S (2019). How do Perceptions of Formality Shape Upward Challenge? Employee Voice from Different Perspectives, a British Academy of Management Organisational Psychology SIG event, Sheffield, UK.

December (2018). Researching voice of concerns about unethical behaviour in a UK Police Force. Invited talk at Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia.

December (2018). Researching voice of concerns about unethical behaviour in a UK Police Force. Invited talk at Curtin University, Melbourne, Australia.

Brooks, S (2018). How Do Perceptions of In-role Behaviour Shape Propensity to Voice Concerns About Unethical Behaviour in a UK Police Force? 6th Biennial Institute of Work Psychology Conference, Sheffield, UK.

January (2018) – Division of Occupational Psychology Conference. Professional Development Workshop titled “Evidence-based Leadership Training: What Practice Can Learn from Research and Vice Versa” with Kristin Hildenbrand.

November (2017) - Researching Voice and Silence in the UK Police Service. Invited talk at Loughborough University as part of the Centre for Professional Work and Society lunchtime seminar series.

Brooks, S (2017). How Could Perceived Formality Shape Upward Challenge? British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Warwick.

September (2015) - Why Do People Not Speak Up in a Compliance Setting? Opening presentation at the Corporate Governance & Risk Forum with Peter Kurer.

Brooks, S (2015). How Do Perceptions of Formality Shape the Upward Sharing of Information? White Rose DTC Summer Conference, Sheffield.

February (2015) – BBC One: The Big Questions. Invited participant of panel discussion asking “Is it always right to report wrongdoing?”

November (2014) – EAWOP Worklab Lithuania: Improved Performance Through Enhanced Communication: Getting Bosses and Staff to Talk.

Brooks, S. (2014). Are We Off the Record? How Perceptions of Formality Affect Employee Silence Behaviour. British Academy of Management Annual Conference, Belfast.

Brooks, S (2014). Are We Off the Record? How Perceptions of Formality Affect Employee Silence Behaviour. White Rose DTC Summer Conference, York.

June (2014) - Institute of Work Psychology Conference. To Ask or Not to Ask? Pre-conference workshop with Andreana Drencheva

March (2014) - The Vicious Circle: Workplace Silence and Destructive Leadership. Invited talk at Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council with Peter Crellin.

November (2013) - Is There Anybody Out There? Why Bosses Don’t Always Listen. Festival of Social Sciences. Workshop on silence and destructive leadership with Peter Crellin.

September (2013) – Workplace Silence: Why Sometimes It’s Easier to Keep Quiet. The Mobile University.

March (2013) - Destructive Leadership & Organisational Silence as Antecedents to Absenteeism. Invited talk at the Networking & Personal Development Working Group Event with Peter Crellin.