Developing wellbeing at work: Emerging dilemmas

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Pertti Antero Laine
Risto Rinne

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Developing wellbeing at work is one of the most challenging tasks in contemporary society. As no single definition of wellbeing at work is commonly accepted as the most comprehensive and relevant, we introduce a discursive definition. We argue that wellbeing at work is associated with many contradicting dilemmas concerning both the development process and wellbeing at work itself. In the development processes of four organizations, analysed using data gathered in interviews with the key actors in the processes, seven such dilemmas of major importance for development are identified. The dilemma theory is helpful in charting the emerging dilemmas in developing work wellbeing and the theory contributes to the construction of better development processes.

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Pertti Antero Laine, University of Turku

Department of Education

CELE (Center for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education)

Risto Rinne, University of Turku

Department of Education

CELE (Center for Research on Lifelong Learning and Education)

Professor of Education and head of CELE