—This paper discusses the development and preliminary findings of a pilot study concerning the wellbeing of staff at a senior secondary school in Adelaide, South Australia. Ten respondents, randomly selected from the staff of over fifty individuals, were invited to participate in the study “Wellbeing @ work”. Respondents rated their wellbeing using the PERMA Profiler. PERMA is a theory that positions wellbeing according to five domains P (positive emotion), E (engagement), R (positive relationships), M (meaning) and A (accomplishment). In addition to the PERMA Profiler were three qualitative wellbeing questions. The aim of using school staff members to measure wellbeing has a twofold purpose: to add to the existing literature on wellbeing and to illustrate that we measure what we treasure and what we measure affects what we do. Measuring the wellbeing of those who work in learning institutions demonstrates that this aspect of their lives is important. The data from the survey will provide respondents a medium through which their strengths as well as areas for growth can be monitored. The findings of the study will not only provide individuals with a snapshot of wellbeing but also indicate the direction for whole staff initiatives that can promote flourishing.
—Measurement, positive education, school, staff, wellbeing.
N. M. Lovett is with the University Senior College, at The University of Adelaide, South Australia, Australia (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
T. W. Lovett is with the School of Education, University of South Australia, Australia (e-mail: Trevor.Lovett@unisa.edu.au ).
Cite: Nadia Lovett and Trevor Lovett, " Wellbeing in Education: Staff Matter," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 107-112, 2016.