Decent Work in Social Care
Topic: Decent Work in Social Care
Speaker: Dr Stephen Gibb
Date: 8th September 2021 Time: 1pm to 2pm
Venue: Online Event
Registration Info: This is an Online Event. Please register here to get access to the link.
In 2020, the Covid-19 virus pandemic has highlighted the long-standing challenges of resourcing and managing social care, in particular old age care. Better supporting the social care sector has become a commitment which few do not embrace. However, besides the quality of social care, the job quality of care workers is important. Do they enjoy ‘decent work’?
Decent work is about pay that allows a life without the risk of poverty, about job security and paid sick leave, about being in a job that is socially recognised and valued; it is about having supportive managers and colleagues and about having a say about what is done at work and how. It is about purpose and meaning and a work environment that is safe for physical and mental health and that allows people to progress and use their skills and abilities.
In this session, Stephen will be discussing how ‘decent work’ for social care can become a reality via his research.
Dr Stephen Gibb is a Reader in Human Resource & Organization Development at the University of the West of Scotland. He has a breadth and depth of research and publications, alongside extensive experience in consulting and advising organisations and managers. Stephen’s recent research includes decent work in Scotland, critically exploring what matters most and who can make a difference. Social care work became a major focus of this in the last year. He is also the director of the UWS Social Innovation, Leadership & Management (SIL&M) research group, addressing global challenges of fairer, wealthier, dynamic economies and thriving societies through leaders and managers in the private, public and third sectors as agents of change.