ENG Departmental Seminar – Happy people make people happy: Being honest or being positive? That is the online question.

The English Department cordially invites you to join our departmental seminar, Happy people make people happy: Being honest or being positive? That is the online question, to be organized on 7 March 2024 (Thursday).

Date: 7 March 2024 (Thursday)

Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm

Venue: Room A315, S H Ho Academic Building

Registration: Complete this online form to reserve a seat. Available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Remarks: 1 iGPS unit will be awarded to undergraduate students who attend the seminar


People do not necessarily check their personal effects at the door when they clock in at work. A strong driver for the blurring of boundaries between work and private life is social media use. To manage so called online boundaries, employees can use several behavioural strategies, including multiple profiles for targeted audiences or presenting content that conforms to the expectations of certain audiences. The current seminar focuses on the role of employees’ online boundary management strategies in colleagues’ attitudinal and behavioural responses. I will use insights from self-enhancement theory and literature on (online) self-enhancement and self-verification to elaborate on the topic. Several experimental studies (in the Netherlands, Bulgaria, the United States, and Hong Kong) are further discussed to explain possible positive and negative consequences of peoples’ online behaviours. 


Dr Jos Bartels is currently Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, School of Communication, Hong Kong Baptist University. He received his BSc in Marketing from the Fontys University of Applied Sciences Venlo, the Netherlands and his MSc and PhD in Communication Science from the University of Twente (UT), Enschede, the Netherlands. Before joining HKBU, he has worked at Wageningen University & Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His research activities focus on experimental and survey studies on 1) organizational communication, social media usage and organizational identification, and on 2) corporate social responsibility and environmental sustainability.

For enquiries, please feel free to contact us at eng@hsu.edu.hk.