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Canadian Social Work Review ; 39(1):63-80, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-2025304

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This study explores urban social workers’ experiences working the front lines during COVID-19’s first wave. It aims to uncover social workers’ shifts in roles and responsibilities across the health and social service network, to illuminate how these shifts impacted them, and ultimately to derive meaning from these experiences to inform future directions for the profession. Eight social workers from a range of contexts were interviewed. Our analyses revealed that, while all participants described some negatives of front-line pandemic work, the frequency and intensity of these moments were exacerbated by organizational and policy responses. When social workers were expected to work outside of their scope of practice, when their skills were overlooked or underutilized, and when their organizational contexts focused on individual distress rather than collective support, they reported intensified periods of distress. If we hope to retain the health and wellbeing of our workforce and preserve the value of the profession, systemic preventative responses must take priority. Building opportunities for collective on-going peer support and debriefing, leveraging the expertise of social workers to address psychosocial issues, and including the voices of front-line workers in the development of solutions to pandemic-related hardships may help reduce social work distress and improve front-line workers’ responses to social issues.Alternate :Cette étude explore les expériences des travailleuses sociales et des travailleurs sociaux de première ligne en milieu urbain durant la première vague de COVID-19. Elle vise à mettre en lumière les changements de rôles et de responsabilités dans le réseau de la santé et des services sociaux, afin de montrer comment ces changements les ont affectés et prendre en compte ces expériences pour les orientations futures de la profession. Huit travailleuses sociales et travailleurs sociaux de différents milieux ont été interviewés. Nos analyses suggèrent que bien que tous les participants aient vécu des expériences négatives dans le cadre du travail de première ligne durant la pandémie, la fréquence et l’intensité de ces expériences ont été exacerbées par les politiques et le contexte organisationnel. Les travailleuses sociales et les travailleurs sociaux ont signalé des périodes de détresse plus importantes lorsqu’ils devaient oeuvrer en dehors de leur champ de pratique, que leurs compétences n’étaient pas prises en compte ou qu’elles étaient sous-utilisées et que les contextes organisationnels priorisaient la détresse individuelle plutôt que le soutien collectif. Si nous voulons maintenir la santé et le bien-être de nos travailleuses et travailleurs, et préserver la valeur de notre profession, il importe d’interventir de manière systémique et préventive. Des strategies telles que le soutien collectif par les pairs, le debriefing, la mobilisation de l’expertise des travailleuses sociales et des travailleurs sociaux pour intervenir au plan psychosocial, et l’inclusion des voix des travailleuses et travailleurs de première ligne dans le développement de solutions pour répondre aux difficultés reliées à la pandémie pourraient aider à réduire la détresse et améliorer leur réponse aux problèmes sociaux.

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The Qualitative Report ; 27(7):1426-1444, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1965178

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The results of this study will help form guidelines for developing students' capacities for learning in authentic workplace settings to better prepare them to be effective and efficient in their chosen careers. This phenomenological study examined factors influencing practice-based learning and how participants learned from their practice. Six fourth-year students majoring in sports science who had recently returned from their internships took part in this study. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews. Thematic analysis was performed on the transcripts to characterize the participants' shared experiences, which yielded the following seven themes of factors influencing their practice-based learning: (a) clear career goals and identification of an appropriate internship facility;(b) self-efficacy;(c) reflective practice;(d) good workplace relationships;(e) organizational leaders as agents transferring knowledge;(f ) knowledge-sharing behavior;and (g) impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Internship students also learned to identify their weaknesses in this study, communication skills, group fitness instructor skills, and a professional exercise instructor image.

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Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities ; 57(2):167-176, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1857337

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Adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are more frequently unemployed or under-employed than individuals without disabilities. Job search skills are one of the most direct ways to counter unemployment. Remote audio coaching (RAC) has shown to be an effective, remote method for teaching skills to adults with IDD. Since the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the need for flexible intervention delivery options, we explored the effectiveness of using RAC to teach job search skills to college students with IDD. A multiple probe design across students was used to examine the impact of RAC on increasing job search skills. Results demonstrated that RAC was effective at increasing this skill. All students maintained the skill upon removai of the intervention. Implications and future research are discussed.

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British Journal of Social Work ; : 20, 2022.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1852950

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This is the first study which has explored how social work students have applied the learning from a bespoke Mindfulness-Based Social Work and Self-Care (MBSWSC) programme to their social work practice. A qualitative research design was chosen, and a realist ontological position taken. The qualitative data were collected from reflective journals from seven social work students on placement who had completed the MBSWSC programme. An inductive thematic and comparative analysis methodology was used to identify key themes. This study found that the MBSWSC programme supported students to cope with the stress and anxiety that manifested before and during their placement. Students highlighted how switching from an avoidant to an approach oriented coping strategy allowed them to alleviate any negative thoughts or feelings they were experiencing. Students identified that this allowed them to employ more positive responses when dealing with stress. Students outlined that the learning from the programme allowed them to develop increased self-awareness, empathy, reflection and reflexivity skills, all of which will likely enhance their capacity for anti-oppressive social work practice. It is clear that improved access to the MBSWSC programme will allow social work students to develop the skills necessary to practice sustainably over the longer term.

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Journal of International Women's Studies ; 23(5):1-3, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1848823

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According to Anker (1997), employment discrimination can cause mismatches between skills and jobs, which affects the efficiency of markets. [...]this special issue contributes to expanding and deepening labour discrimination, specifically in closing gaps in salary and gender segmentation in the labour market that are the leading causes of gender inequity. Evidence from India" by Krishna M * "Entrepreneurial Competencies in Graduate Students from Mexico: A Gender Perspective" by Eduardo R. Díaz * "Social Inclusion, Equality, Leadership, and Diversity, to attain Sustainable Development Goal 5 in Indian Banking Industry" by Surjit Singha and Sivarethinamohan R. * "Diverging women on mommy track to career track" by Sunaina Arora and Dr. Neeraj Kumari * "Tobacco Farming, Addiction, Promotion of Gender Equality, Well-being and monopoly of the Indian Market" by Ranjit Singha and Dr Yogesh Kanna * "An empirical analysis of life satisfaction in adolescent development in high- and middleincome countries" by Amirreza Kazemikhasragh This special issue tries to respond and close gaps in the literature. [...]this special issue presents an unprecedented collaboration of researchers with the common goal of promoting business management and moving towards the economic empowerment of women and eradicating gender segregation in labour markets.

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Social Alternatives ; 40(4):25-33, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1823870

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a necessary increase in the use of non-face-to-face modalities of human and social service delivery, including via the telephone. The ongoing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and cost-effciencies associated with welfare austerity measures make it likely that distance modalities will be used by social services well into the future. However, this transition may not be straightforward. Many services have needed to make this transition to disembodied forms of communication, requiring a rapid uptake of skills by staff whose previous work was based on face-to-face interactions with clients and other staff. The use of telephone and other electronic forms of communication (e.g. Zoom, chatrooms) has signifcantly changed the nature of the work, requiring practitioners to attend to different dimensions of the interactions. This article draws on interview data taken from two separate studies involving telephone counsellors: (1) a case study project involving 10 practitioners working in New Zealand and (2) a qualitative study about how practitioners engage in dynamic practice. Findings from both studies detail the infuence of managerial policies on practitioners' capacity to respond to the complexity of their telephone work. It concludes with cautionary notes about the important institutional obligations that organisations have to both clients and workers - obligations that cannot be sidestepped because they are deemed 'too expensive'.

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African Journal of Sociological and Psychological Studies ; 1(2):69-69–90, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1791323

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High job demands, limited resources, work role conflict, uncertainty, organisational transformation, increase in student intake and diversity of the student population amplify the work stress that staff members at the University of Namibia (UNAM) are required to withstand. Work stress results in disengagement of employees, negative job attitudes, poor service delivery, poor health and well-being, burnout and eventually turnover. Emotional intelligence enhances employees’ coping ability and increases resilience, stress responsiveness as well as improve organisational commitment, work engagement and higher levels of health and well-being. This study collected data from UNAM staff members in the Khomas region on emotional intelligence (self-awareness;social skills), job demands-resources (growth;advancement) and work stress (lack of autonomy, workload, job insecurity) during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. Self-awareness and social skills reported a negative relationship with work stress;growth and advancement reported a positive relationship with work stress. It is recommended that emotional intelligence training, team-building activities and social skills training be prioritised;additional social and administrative support could be provided to allow senior employees to cope better with work stress;the salaries and benefits should be re-evaluated against national and international standards but also to ensure internal and external fairness/equity.

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African Perspectives of Research in Teaching and Learning ; 6(1):62-76, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1782267

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While Covid - 19 created many challenges for student teachers on work - related learning, it opened new learning opportunities for them. The study was conducted during the Covid - 19 pandemic period with the purpose of exploring challenges and opportunities encountered by university student - teachers on teaching practice. The study used a multi - case study design with two primary and two secondary schools in Masvingo province which hosted the students during their teaching practice. The purposefully selected sample was of eight students and their mentors. The data collection instruments were open - ended interviews and non - participant observation of lessons. The study revealed that student teachers lost a lot of professional practice opportunities due to the Covid - 19 pandemic. The findings revealed that the university made limited visits hence making little contribution to the professional development of the student teachers. Schools also had difficulties in helping these trainee teachers to process new teaching skills. However, all was not gloom as student teachers had the opportunity to update their technological skills. Generally, the study concluded that during the pandemic, teacher workplace professional learning took a serious knock. The student teachers were not adequately prepared and initiated by mentors and the university into the teaching profession because of Covid - 19 pandemic. The study recommends that the students' teaching practice stint be prolonged with the easing of Covid - 19 and the availability of vaccines. This would enable them to emerge from the schools with the right set of knowledge and skills to practice as professional teachers upon completion of their studies.

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Economics & Sociology ; 15(1):178-192, 2022.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1780298

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The aim of the study is to explore the employers' demands for personal skills in graduate and junior positions in the field of digital marketing. The research summarizes the review of academic literature on transferable soft skills, focusing on the digital marketing sector. Job requirements in digital marketing related to graduate and junior employability skills are studied for the following occupations: junior digital marketing manager, social media manager and digital marketing manager assistant. The article presents the findings of a content analysis of 5548 digital marketing job advertisements downloaded in February 2021, in a period of one month, from the top five job finding websites in Hungary. The authors' classification framework includes a core set of relevant skills and competences that can be used to conduct the assessment. Thirty-one most frequently mentioned soft and hard skill categories are grouped into five main categories and analyzed with quantitative methods. Within the scope of the study, an occurrence frequency analysis is conducted in job advertisement texts and the data is analyzed with descriptive statistical methods. Moreover, the findings cover the importance of foreign language knowledge and software knowledge as they appear in job ads. The differences between foreign and multinational companies' soft skill requirements are still under examination. The data show that, while hard skills in job advertisements are still dominant, soft skills are also emphasized in the field of digital marketing. In analyzing the results, the authors look at what employers focus on when searching for graduate students and employees for junior positions. The academic and practical implications of the study are useful for further research, as it presents a collection of essential digital marketing employability skills.

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Cuadernos de Trabajo Social ; 35(1):61-70, 2022.
Article in Spanish | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1689888

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En este artículo se recoge la experiencia de profesionales de Trabajo Social en el rastreo de los contactos de casos COVID-19. En la primera parte, se explica brevemente cómo la pandemia ha sometido a una gran tensión al sistema sanitario haciendo conveniente que otras profesiones sumen esfuerzos ante este desafío. Dentro de estas profesiones, el Trabajo Social ocupa ya un espacio en la atención sanitaria y ha acumulado experiencia en el control de enfermedades infecciosas. A continuación, se incluyen los resultados de un cuestionario aplicado a una muestra de 108 profesionales de Trabajo Social que han estado haciendo el rastreo de contactos de casos positivos en COVID-19 para el Servicio Público de Salud del Principado de Asturias. En esta parte empírica, destacan los resultados ofrecidos en cuanto a las competencias necesarias para esta tarea y las circunstancias personales y de convivencia detectadas que influyen en la prevención del contagio. Finalmente, se incluyen una serie de recomendaciones y propuestas que abogan por la interdisciplinariedad y por añadir la intervención social al abordaje sanitario de la pandemia para hacer más efectivo el control epidemiológico.Alternate : This article brings together social work professionals’ experiences of tracing COVID-19 contacts. First, we briefly outline how the pandemic has put the public health system under stress. In this situation, various professions have been required to contribute their skills. Among these, social work has already been integrated into health services, and the profession has experience in controlling infectious diseases. Second, we report the findings of a survey of 108 social workers who have been working within the public healthcare system of the Principality of Asturias (an autonomous region of Spain) to trace the contacts of people who have tested positive for COVID-19. In this empirical part of the article, we highlight findings from the survey that concern the skills that are most necessary for doing this job and the social situations that hamper virus control. Finally, we make some proposals and recommendations that advocate the use of interdisciplinary and social-intervention approaches to make control of epidemics more effective.

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International Affairs ; 67(6):40, 2021.
Article in English | ProQuest Central | ID: covidwho-1627920

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Fyodorov and Molovtseva discuss mutual recognition of professional qualifications and the freedom of movement for workers in the EU and EAEU. The difficulties that EU member states are encountering in the mutual recognition of professional qualifications during the coronavirus pandemic well illustrate the practical, applied nature of harmonizing national legislation in this field. To ensure freedom of movement, member states are required to provide and comply with a number of conditions, including granting the right to free movement to workers' family members, creating an integrated job vacancy information system, instituting a procedure for submitting documents for employment, social assistance, etc.

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