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Successful launch of the Thrive at Work masterclass series

The Thrive at Work team at the Future of Work Institute was thrilled by the positive feedback at the first Thrive of Work masterclass of the series. At this inaugural workshop, Associate Professor Karina Jorritsma unpacked our Thrive at Work framework and provided some guidance around developing a mental health and well-being strategy and action plan.

It was invigorating for the team to engage with a diverse but like-minded group of professionals who want to make their place a better place to work at.

Shannon Butcher, the Manager on the Collaboratory, said, "It was incredible to be a part of something that is trying to change the conversation with respect to mental health (or mental ill health).

"Thrive at Work is such an exciting initiative as it is providing organisations with the knowledge and tools to really help their employees thrive. The masterclass was particularly useful because it brought together motivated individuals and organisations who are looking to do something different and work together to create change," she added.

Facilitator Karina Jorristma added, "It was a real privilege to be able to share details of the Thrive at Work framework, and the tools and resources that we have developed so far, with professionals from such a diverse range of industries."

"My main take-aways are the overwhelming desire for an ongoing Community of Practice, and the challenge and importance for businesses of bringing together stakeholders across traditionally separate functions to develop an integrated well-being strategy that not only supports healthy but also high performing workforces. I look forward to working closely with industry to help solve some of these challenges in the future."

Coming soon

The Future of Work Institute (FOWI) invites you to, Aligning SMART work to strategic HR practices.

Attract. On-board. Develop. Retain. Easy Enough? As any HR professional will tell you, it isn’t.

This workshop will focus on key strategic HR activities as they relate to the newly developed SMART work framework. Developed by Australian Research Council Professor Sharon Parker, SMART work is a framework that can be used when designing meaningful and motivating work. Based on decades of research, the SMART work design framework identifies five key themes that result in positive outcomes across jobs and industries. The themes for SMART work are: Stimulating, Mastery, Agency, Relational, and Tolerable Demands.

Applying SMART and its underlying work design principles can positively impact on meaningful employee outcomes such as engagement, retention, proactivity, creativity and motivation. This workshop takes a practical approach, empowering you to utilise the framework and providing case studies to illustrate the business case for making the SMART framework an integral part of any HR strategy.

Date:18 July 2019

Time:9.00am - 12.30pm

Location:Curtin University, 137 St Georges Tce, Brookfield Place, Perth (former Perth Technical College building)

Cost:General : $199

RSVP:By 11 July 2019

To find out more about the SMART work design, go to


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