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Reflection - a method for organisational and individual development
Karlstad University, Faculty of Economic Sciences, Communication and IT, Department of Working Life Science.
2007 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

This paper presents how organisational development can be the results when politicians, managers, social workers and teaching staff take part in reflection. The results are based on a government-funded initiative in Sweden for lowering sick absenteeism. Three local governments introduced reflection as a strategy to combat work related stress and a method for employee development. The aim was to develop empowered workers who could learn a new approach in their work situation. Professional workers sometimes feel shame when management directives make them supply a lower standard in service than they perceive as a good enough standard.



The results show that reflection as part of work can help individuals to cope with work related stress and stabilise staff retention figures and result in organisational changes in municipal services such as public elementary schools, homecare and social work.



The reflection process involves three steps preparation for reflection, period of reflection and follow-up meetings and networking. Reflection takes place in small groups of three people. Two people participate in reflection and one person act as a reflection leader. Reflection takes place during working hours, as part of work and the reflection period is freed from normal work duties, which actually means that the person is taking a time-out.



Reflection can lead to organisational and individual development. Management and employees can develop a reflective community as they learn new methods for critical thinking. Individual reflection means to mirror the self in relation to work and the demands from clients/students and private life the self in relation to context. Reflection functions today as a method for organisational and individual development.



This paper is the result of a longitudinal qualitative study with an interactive approach. Basis for data collection are group and individual interviews, study visits and participation in seminars and conferences and joint paper productions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007.
Keywords [en]
Reflection, retention, work related stress, improve health
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Work Sciences
Research subject
Working Life Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-22930OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-22930DiVA, id: diva2:596684
Conference
International Conference on Researching Work and Learning (RWL5), University of Cape Town, Kapstaden Sydafrika, 2-4 december 2007
Note

Distrubution: Kontakta författarna

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