Work and Well Being

Staff involved: Peter Nixon, Fran Baum, Christine Putland and Sue Richardson

The "Work and Well Being" project explores aspects of the relationship between employees' working conditions and their health. It is a Flinders University collaboration between the Discipline of Public Health and the National Institute of Labour Studies. The project focuses on white-collar employees aged in their late 20s and early 30s. The research compares employees in public and private employment and those with continuing, casual and contract employment agreements.

The objectives of the research are to:

  • explore the health and well being impacts of changing patterns in employment in specific sections of the employment market
  • undertake qualitative research among young South Australian employees in occupations for which demand is not high
  • compare employees in the public and private sectors
  • compare casual, contract and continuing employees
  • contextualise the anecdotal evidence of employees by reference to relevant employment statistics
  • compare the self reported health status of the employee subjects of this study with those of larger interstate and overseas studies
  • gather evidence that will contribute to the development of quantitative research in this area