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Wellbeing challenges in the public sector – from heroic sacrifice to mindless suffering

February 3, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

‘Wellbeing challenges in the public sector. From heroic sacrifice to mindless suffering’: A reading, discussion and application group

Does ‘the end ever justify the means’ when we think about public sector workforce wellbeing and the effort and expectations in responding to crisis, including bushfires and pandemics?

Join Karen Olver and Kristina Karlsson to think about workplace wellbeing using the experience of responding to COVID-19 pandemic to reflect on the challenges, assumptions and expectations that have been raised during 2020.  In particular there will be a focus upon the possibility of alternate narratives, insights and tools to create the conditions that support workplace wellbeing, and help people stay in role and on task. The following are some of the questions to support the exploration.

What does ‘workplace wellbeing’ mean in a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic?

How do the tensions and pressures to ‘deliver’ a crisis driven public health response find expression in the workplace? How does this impact wellbeing?

How can organisations constructively respond to the psychological impact on employee wellbeing during (and following) crises like this?

Date: Wed 3 Feb, 2021 from 6.30 – 8.30 pm, with a possible follow up date to Wednesday 10 Feb from 6.30 – 8.30.
Cost: $30 non-members, $20 members.
For bookings please email administrator@grouprelations.org.au


February 3, 2021
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Via Zoom
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PO Box 529, Yarra Glen Victoria  3775  Australia


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