Enhancing Staff Well-being at School of Science and Technology, Singapore

Enhancing Staff Well-being at School of Science and Technology, Singapore

April 21, 2024

In 2023, the Staff Well-being Committee (SWC) of School of Science and Technology, Singapore (SST) launched the Thriving With Well-being Series in partnership with Happiness Initiative. This collaboration aims to create an environment where all staff members can thrive and fulfil their potential. By partnering with Happiness Initiative, we believe that well-being skills can be cultivated, assessed, and monitored over time, leading to improved overall well-being and performance across various aspects of life.

The Thriving with Well-being Series is centered around five core themes: Mindset, Passion, Purpose, Relationships, and Other-centeredness (MPPRO). These themes encapsulate elements commonly associated with individuals' most fulfilling experiences. By focusing on these themes, the programme aims to promote holistic development among SST staff members, enhancing their well-being through the practice of specific skills while also fostering staff engagement and growth within the workplace setting.

Implementing the Concepts

The series was conducted in two sessions, held during Term 2 and Term 4. Through these sessions, the workshops demonstrated effectiveness in fostering well-being skills related to the MPPRO themes, particularly in the areas of Mindset and Passion.

Picture 1: A group of facilitators were engaged in the in-house designed games which allows them to get a better grasp of concepts and well-being skills.
Picture 2: One of the facilitators, Ms Karen Teo, was using the Reflection Journal to pen down the key takeaways from the session.
Picture 3: The facilitators discussed how to reach-out to others with their new learnings.
Picture 4: The facilitators shared their experiences and insights so that they can better guide the staff during the staff workshops.

Reporting Outcome

As show in pictures 1 to 4, a select group of staff attended the Facilitators’ Sessions.  Through these sessions, the facilitators were better equipped to guide the participants in their learning.  A well-designed reflection journal with key takeaways was used to extend the learning beyond the sessions.

Picture 5: Simon, the key presenter, was seen explaining the objectives of the programme to the staff.
Picture 6: Simon, the key presenter, was sharing on the science behind the games and activity to the staff.
Picture 7: One of the facilitators, Ms Karen Teo, assisted her group mates to discover about themselves.
Picture 8: Facilitator, Ms Dolly Tan, engaged her group mates and together, they uncover more about their inner self.
Picture 9: Facilitator Mr Azrin explored and learned new things about themselves.
Picture 10: The participants, particularly Mr Robin Pang, were listening attentively to the presenter.

As shown in Pictures 5 to 10,  staff were seated in clusters where they can play, interact, and learn together in small groups while having fun.

Figure 1: Participants experienced a significant 10% increase in Reframing Skills, indicating tangible growth in their ability to reframe situations, thoughts, or perspectives in a positive or constructive manner. The large effect size observed further emphasizes the meaningful change in participants' Reframing Skills.
Figure 2: Similarly, there was a significant increase in Passion Skills among participants, reinforcing the programme's effectiveness in achieving its objectives.

Next Steps

With the success observed, we intend to expand the programme, recognizing its potential to enhance staff members' ability to navigate challenges and contribute to a positive and resilient organizational culture. By cultivating a culture of well-being among educators, the programme not only benefits individual staff members but also enhances the quality of teaching and learning within the school community.

In conclusion, the Thriving with Well-being Series provides a structured approach to promoting well-being skills among SST staff members, with the potential to yield positive outcomes for individuals and the broader education ecosystem. Through ongoing efforts and collaboration with partners like Happiness Initiative, the SST SWC aims to continue nurturing a culture of well-being and supporting staff members in their personal and professional development journey.

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