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Creating a culture of
           wellbeing
    Family-friendly workplaces


           A/Prof Donna Pendergast,PhD


Desig...
Overview of the presentation

1. Contemporary society
2. Exploring the concept of wellbeing –
   society, family, individu...
1. Contemporary society




                   © 2008 Pendergast
Common Threads
1. Globalisation
2. Individualisation and pluralisation
3. Demographic changes




                        ...
© 2006 Pendergast
© 2006 Pendergast
© 2008 Pendergast
The effect is a “challenge to the ability
to fulfil basic functions of production,
reproduction, socialization as well as
...
2. Exploring the concept of
  wellbeing – society, family,
          individual




                       © 2008 Penderga...
Well-being …


… good or satisfactory condition of
 existence




                              © 2008 Pendergast
Factors impacting individual and family well-being

               child

community
 & cultural               family
     ...
LIFE EVENTS

                         •Divorce and family break-up
                         •Death of a family member
    ...
LIFE EVENTS
                          •Meeting significant person
                          •Moving to new area
          ...
Family well-being can be conceptualised
globally, but cannot be tied down in strict
hierarchies, definitions or categories...
3. Developing a culture of
   wellbeing




                         © 2008 Pendergast
Promote              Develop
        resilience           protective
                               factors

Develop
capac...
Resilience
Resilience is the ability to cope with
and bounce back from life’s
challenging and difficult events.
Resilience...
Key characteristics of
            resilient individuals
•   Being socially competent
•   Having effective problem solving...
Ways of developing
    resilience
 • Caring and support
 • High expectations
 • Encouraging participation




            ...
Lifelong learning
•   learning to do
•   learning to be
•   learning to know
•   learning to live together



• Expert nov...
4. Enhancing wellbeing in family
   friendly workplaces – Sharing
   some positive examples




                        © ...
Competitive Edge


                                  Improved
Improved                          ability to
productivity   ...
Developing family friendly policy
1.   Demographic analysis
2.   Needs assessment
3.   Communication
4.   Developing work ...
100

                    90

                    80

                    70

                    60

                    5...
Age Range


                                    80

                                    70

                              ...
Work/Life Balance                     Work from home



“   By thinking and working flexibly we can all aim to
    strike ...
Breastfeeding   Childcare   Staff Development
Promote              Develop
        resilience           protective
                               factors

Develop
capac...
Recognition            Rewards      Unpaid leave

Health                 Strategies                      Study
program    ...
Home Economics is a field of study and a profession that
draws from a range of disciplines to achieve optimal and
sustaina...
© 2008 Pendergast
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  1. 1. Creating a culture of wellbeing Family-friendly workplaces A/Prof Donna Pendergast,PhD Design: Joy Reynolds © 2008 Pendergast
  2. 2. Overview of the presentation 1. Contemporary society 2. Exploring the concept of wellbeing – society, family, individual 3. Developing a culture of wellbeing 4. Enhancing wellbeing in family friendly workplaces – sharing some positive examples © 2008 Pendergast
  3. 3. 1. Contemporary society © 2008 Pendergast
  4. 4. Common Threads 1. Globalisation 2. Individualisation and pluralisation 3. Demographic changes © 2008 Pendergast
  5. 5. © 2006 Pendergast
  6. 6. © 2006 Pendergast
  7. 7. © 2008 Pendergast
  8. 8. The effect is a “challenge to the ability to fulfil basic functions of production, reproduction, socialization as well as needs of family members regarding health, nutrition, shelter, physical and emotional care and personal development”. © 2008 Pendergast
  9. 9. 2. Exploring the concept of wellbeing – society, family, individual © 2008 Pendergast
  10. 10. Well-being … … good or satisfactory condition of existence © 2008 Pendergast
  11. 11. Factors impacting individual and family well-being child community & cultural family RISK/ PROTECT life events school © 2008 Pendergast
  12. 12. LIFE EVENTS •Divorce and family break-up •Death of a family member CHILD FAMILY •Low self-esteem •Poor social skills •Poor problem-solving •Family violence •Difficult temperament •Poor supervision •Lack of empathy •Harsh or inconsistent discipline •Lack of warmth or affection •Homelessness •Early school leaving RISK •Abuse and neglect COMMUNITY SCHOOL CONTEXT & CULTURAL •Neighbourhood violence & •School failure crime •Bullying •Lack of support services •Peer rejection •Social or cultural •Poor attachment to school discrimination •Deviant peer group •Community norms concerning violence
  13. 13. LIFE EVENTS •Meeting significant person •Moving to new area •Opportunities at critical turning points or major life FAMILY CHILD transitions •Supportive caring •Social competence parents •Attachment to family •Family harmony •Empathy •Secure and stable •Problem solving family •Optimism •Supportive relationship •School achievement with other adult •Strong family norms •Easy temperament •Good coping style PROTECTIVE and morality COMMUNITY SCHOOL CONTEXT & CULTURAL •Positive school climate •Support services •Pro-social peer group •Community networking •Sense of belonging •Attachment to community •Opportunities for some •Participation in community success at school and •Community/cultural norms recognition of achievement against violence •School norms re violence •Strong cultural identity/ethnic pride © 2008 Pendergast
  14. 14. Family well-being can be conceptualised globally, but cannot be tied down in strict hierarchies, definitions or categories because wellbeing is not the same for any person or family ….. flexibility is the key Work clearly impacts on the risk & protective facets of wellbeing © 2008 Pendergast
  15. 15. 3. Developing a culture of wellbeing © 2008 Pendergast
  16. 16. Promote Develop resilience protective factors Develop capacity for well- Strategies being Develop lifelong learning Reduce attributes risk factors © 2008 Pendergast
  17. 17. Resilience Resilience is the ability to cope with and bounce back from life’s challenging and difficult events. Resilience is a mix of key skills and characteristics of a person and the social supports and environment in which they live. © 2008 Pendergast
  18. 18. Key characteristics of resilient individuals • Being socially competent • Having effective problem solving skills • Being autonomous • Having a sense of purpose and future © 2008 Pendergast
  19. 19. Ways of developing resilience • Caring and support • High expectations • Encouraging participation © 2008 Pendergast
  20. 20. Lifelong learning • learning to do • learning to be • learning to know • learning to live together • Expert novice © 2008 Pendergast
  21. 21. 4. Enhancing wellbeing in family friendly workplaces – Sharing some positive examples © 2008 Pendergast
  22. 22. Competitive Edge Improved Improved ability to productivity retain skilled Family staff Friendly Policy Reduced stress levels, Reduced improved absenteeism morale & & staff turnover commitment © 2008 Pendergast
  23. 23. Developing family friendly policy 1. Demographic analysis 2. Needs assessment 3. Communication 4. Developing work and family strategies © 2008 Pendergast
  24. 24. 100 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 2002 2006 Employees over 45 Increased staff satisfaction
  25. 25. Age Range 80 70 60 Staff with disability 50 40 Youngest Oldest 30 20 10 0 Youngest Oldest “ Our workplace does not discriminate in race, religion or ability. Everyone is encouraged to work in a happy healthy and productive environment, much like a close-knit family unit. Everyone is encouraged to improve their abilities.
  26. 26. Work/Life Balance Work from home “ By thinking and working flexibly we can all aim to strike the right balance so we are fresh enough to give our best at work and at home. ”
  27. 27. Breastfeeding Childcare Staff Development
  28. 28. Promote Develop resilience protective factors Develop capacity Developing a for well- Strategies workplace being culture of Develop wellbeing lifelong learning Reduce attributes risk factors © 2008 Pendergast
  29. 29. Recognition Rewards Unpaid leave Health Strategies Study program Leave Work / Life Breastfeeding Staff Balance facilities Development Green Accommodating Part- Telecommuting staff with time facilities disabilities work Parent/Grandparent Communication Flexible work Leave with employees hours Child Support Job sharing Volunteer Leave care
  30. 30. Home Economics is a field of study and a profession that draws from a range of disciplines to achieve optimal and sustainable living for individuals, families and communities. Home economists are concerned with the wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, and of facilitating the development of lifelong learning attributes, for both paid, unpaid and voluntary work and living situations. Home economics professionals are advocates for individuals and families (IFHE Position Paper, 2006). © 2008 Pendergast
  31. 31. © 2008 Pendergast
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