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ERIC Number: EJ987313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 55
ISSN: ISSN-1206-9620
Staff Well-Being: Negotiating New Organizational Realities in Schools Facing Challenging Circumstances
Rumsby, Ray
International Electronic Journal for Leadership in Learning, v11 Article 17 2007
The extensive literature on workplace stress, its causes, and the consequences for human health and organizational effectiveness, is being complemented by a growing, alternative emphasis on employees' well-being. However, in education (where well-being is particularly at risk) sustained examples of positive organizational approaches, rather than individuals' stress management, are rare. This article seeks to demonstrate the importance of well-being as a tough-minded concept. Secondly, it presents new findings from research in two schools facing challenging circumstances, which are committed to long-term Well-Being Programmes. The findings accord with inter-disciplinary well-being theory, and offer new commentary on the association between well-being, the management of feeling, and informal learning in the workplace. The research indicates the importance of cognitive attitudes such as non-judgmental openness in schools facing challenging circumstances. Some implications are suggested for educational leadership, for the role of unions, and for further research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)