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This chapter explores the current and projected workforce demographics, the changing nature and meaning of work, problems created by work and family tensions, and the roles the workplace and social ...

This chapter explores the current and projected workforce demographics, the changing nature and meaning of work, problems created by work and family tensions, and the roles the workplace and social workers can play in attempting to prevent these problems from occurring or recurring. The world of work is dramatically different today than it was even 10 years ago.

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  • Chapter 15:Social Work in the Workplace Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Empowering Programs with Resources that Enhance Social Work Education Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Social Work: A Competency- Oriented Education Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) - Defines Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAs) - Developed 10 “Core Competencies” and 41 Related “Practice Behaviors” Every student should master the Practice Behaviors and Core Competencies before completing the program Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing View slide
  • Resources Aligned to EPAS 2008 The Textbook – - “Helping Hands” icons call attention to content that relates to Practice Behaviors and Competencies - “Competency Notes” at the end of the chapter help put the Practice Behaviors and Competencies in practical context Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing View slide
  • Resources Aligned to EPAS 2008 (cont’d) The Practice Behaviors Workbook developed with the text provides assignable exercises that assist in mastering the Practice Behavior and Competencies Additional on-line resources can be found at: www.cengage.com/socialwork Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Historical perspective• Society in most Western countries based on Protestant work ethic (work is an expectation of God and laziness is sinful)• Men worked; women maintained families• Until the 1970s, this pattern changed only during wartimeEP 2.1.3a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Historical perspective (cont’d)• In recent years, much has changed• Large numbers of women are now working, including those with children• Workplaces are more diverse• Types of jobs available• Employees have different expectations about work EP 2.1.3a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Historical perspective (cont’d) • Workers expect more from the workplace than just a paycheck • Many workers put other priorities ahead of their jobs • The relationship between work and family life is a critical policy issueEP 2.1.3a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing.
  • Current workforce• Women hold nearly half of nation’s jobs• More single-parents (usually women)• Explosive growth of service industry• Historical gender wage gap persistsEP 2.1.1a, 2.1.3a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Emerging issues• Expanded child-care options• Greater ethnic diversity within the workforce• Two-career families less willing to relocate• Pay equity for men and women• An older workforce• More family-friendly workplace policies• Fewer total hours per week per employee• Types of jobs availableEP 2.1.1a, 2.1.3a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Emerging Issues (cont’d)• Restructuring of private benefit policies to more accurately reflect workforce composition• Standardization of health care and other benefits EP 2.1.1a, 2.1.3a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Changing nature of work• Emphasis on innovation and flexibility• Streamlining of operations• Cross-functional work teams• Being responsible for one’s own career• Adding value across the organization• Decline in product development cyclesEP 2.1.1a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Changing nature of work (cont’d)• Faster is better• Traditional benefits replaced by a menu of benefits• Use of contract labor and outsourcing• Employee entitlements no longer exist EP 2.1.1a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Impact of changes on employees and their families• Balancing work and family life• Increased stress• Relocation• Financial problems• Accidents and other occupational hazards EP 2.1.1a, 2.1.3a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Impact of changes on employees and their families (cont’d)• Violence in the workplace• Sexual harassment• Childcare for working parents• Family care giving EP 2.1.1a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Impact of changes on the workplace• Costs of substance abuse• Other problems that cost employers• Increased health care costs• Decline in health care coverage• Increased demands on employers• Decline in productivityEP 2.1.1a, 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Addressing Work and Family Issues• Employee assistance programs• Dependent care programs• Flextime• Job sharing• Flexi-placeEP 2.1.8a, 2.1.9b Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Social work in the workplace• Social secretary/welfare manager• Oversee physical welfare, cultural welfare, economic welfare, and personal welfare• Scientific management of the workplace focus on efficiencyEP 2.1.1a, 2.1.9b Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Occupational Social WorkSocial workers play a major role in strengtheningrelationships among individuals, families, andworkplacesEP 2.1.1a, 2.1.9b Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • Occupational Social Work Service Models• Employee service model• Consumer service model• Corporate social responsibility modelEP 2.1.8a Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • The occupational social worker• Provides information and referral• Conducts short-term counseling• Provides specialized emergency services• Identifies and addresses the needs of special populations• Addresses issues such as workplace violence• Addresses issues of workplace health and safetyEP 2.1.1a, 2.1.9b Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing
  • The occupational social worker (cont’d)• Minimizes problems encountered by part-time and temporary employees• Assists workers in accessing vocational and educational opportunities EP 2.1.1a, 2.1.9b Copyright © 2012 Cengage Learning, Brooks/Cole Publishing