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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.
Department of Employment and Social Services, Karlstad Municipality, Karlstad SE-65184, Sweden).
2007 (English)In: US-China Education Review, ISSN 1548-6613, E-ISSN 1930-1529, Vol. 4, no 9, 1-9 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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. 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.

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Illinois USA: David Publishing Company , 2007. Vol. 4, no 9, 1-9 p.
Keyword [en]
Foreign Countries, Organizational Development, Objectives, Anxiety, Social Work, Employee Absenteeism, Local Government, Diseases, Reflection, Work Environment, Organizational Climate, Self Concept, Government Employees, Health Promotion, Employer Employee Relationship
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Work Sciences
Research subject
Working Life Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-22931OAI: diva2:596685

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