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Work Wellbeing: A New Perspective

July 10th, 2015 by Joanne Abbey

Work Wellbeing is an important aspect of the six capitals. Interpreting local wellbeing in an organisation needs a high functioning top team and robust data about the organisation. This article was first published in the July 2015 issue of Governance Directions, the official journal of Governance Institute of Australia. Work Wellbeing: A New Perspective


How to assess wellbeing

June 23rd, 2015 by Joanne Abbey

Globally, a huge groundswell of effort is being directed at assessing national or general wellbeing. In this article, we describe aspects of this evolving science.  It emerged from the recognition that GDP is not a good measure of our satisfaction with life. Although there’s no single ‘wellbeing index’ (like the GDP) and the approach is


Local Councils, Progress & Wellbeing

May 15th, 2015 by Joanne Abbey

Citizens’ quality of life is crucial to a thriving community. Local governments around the world recognise this and many actively promote residents’ wellbeing. Two initiatives, one from Australia and the other from Spain, are innovative examples of how wellbeing is being successfully incorporated. Australia’s Sunshine Coast Council used existing research from the UK, showing how


Connecting Communities: What’s this about?

May 15th, 2015 by Joanne Abbey

Introduction Some people like street parties and community festivals. Others enjoy a daily meet up at the off-leash park where local dogs and their owners socialise and make friends. Residents bond through volunteering or campaigning to improve aspects of the local area, creating community gardens, advocating against over-development, helping at kids clubs, piloting a food


Wellbeing at Work

May 15th, 2015 by Joanne Abbey

Health and wellbeing are not the same. Health is determined objectively, by scientific measurements, while wellbeing is purely subjective. Joanne Abbey explores what this means at the workplace. Interest in wellbeing has spawned many claims about its causes and outcomes. Recently, the UK ‘What Works Centre for Wellbeing’ was set up to focus on policy


Self-directed learning (II)

June 4th, 2014 by Joanne Abbey

Employees are personally responsible for succeeding at work. No one can do it for anyone else. Success requires the willingness to keep learning. Learning agility is fundamental to career growth. Its five dimensions are mental agility, self-awareness, people agility, change agility, and results agility. Applying experience or expertise gained in one context to other situations


Self-directed learning (1)

May 27th, 2014 by Joanne Abbey

The drive to learn and achieve seems to be hard wired, even though developing new job skills or studying for a degree is rarely easy. Challenges can range from exciting and liberating to frustrating and stressful. Learning expands personal horizons as a result of mastering difficulties, experimenting, making mistakes, and adapting one’s ways of functioning


Work Wellbeing

May 20th, 2014 by Joanne Abbey

You may be a human resources professional, C-suite leader, manager, employee, psychologist, academic, or student. If you’re passionate about wellbeing, the Viewpoint blog is for you. What is work wellbeing? Research shows it’s a unique form of wellbeing that occurs just in workplaces. Based on employees’ personal values and experiences, the level of wellbeing is


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