Making Quality of Work Life A Strategic Priority: The Role of OD

Workshop sponsored by the Association for Creative Change in Organization Renewal and Development, Toronto.
This interactive workshop will provide Organizational Development (OD) practitioners with a practical understanding of the actions needed to help their organizations make sustainable improvements in the quality of work life. Drawing on the latest thinking – including the cultural practices of organizations on ‘Best Workplaces’ lists compiled by Great Place to Work Institute – participants will be challenged to reflect on: quality of work life trends; the forces shaping these trends; and how leading employers are responding by making quality of work life a strategic focus. Specific issues to be examined include:
– Stress and work-life balance: trade-offs and hidden costs.
– The quest for meaningful work in a healthy environment.
– Skill development and learning in high-intensity workplaces.
– Redefining work-retirement transitions.
– Work values within and across generations.
– Corporate culture, ethics and values as an employment brand.
– Trust, loyalty and commitment as an organizational asset.