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Workplace Wellbeing and the Wellbeing Lab Report

Biography:
Dr Peggy Kern is an associate professor at the Centre for Positive Psychology at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, A/Prof Kern received her undergraduate degree in psychology from Arizona State University, a Masters and PhD in social/personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and additional postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research is collaborative in nature and draws on a variety of methodologies to examine questions around who thrives in life and why, including: understanding and measuring healthy functioning, identifying individual and social factors impacting life trajectories, and systems informed approaches to wellbeing.  She has published 3 books and over 80 peer-reviewed articles and chapters. You can find out more about Dr Kern’s work at www.peggykern.org.

Abstract:
Investing in worker wellbeing: A useful initiative or a waste of time? 

Workplaces have become increasingly diverse, fast-paced, flexible, and complex. Many employees desire jobs that not only provide economic benefits, but also support their wellbeing. Pressure is placed on organisations to prioritise employee wellbeing. But with limited time and resources available, is this a good investment or a waste of time? Making a case for investing in wellbeing, this session will unpack what the research says about the economic, physical, social and mental benefits of wellbeing. But not all efforts are equally effective or useful. Explore practical ways to invest wisely in wellbeing, helping more people to feel good and function well in the workplace.