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21 September 2017

Representatives from the  Section of Organisational Psychology (School of Management Studies) recently participated in the 1st Pan-African Psychology Congress held in Durban 18-21 September 2017.

Associate Professor Dr Ines Meyer and four Organisational Psychology Honours students Gina Botha, Yolanda Mfeketho, Tarryn Schaffer and Tennessee Fortuin presented a symposium entitled Psychological consequences of low income work: implications for sustainable development goal 8 (Decent work and economic growth) in South Africa.

The Congress entitled Psychology for Society  is a joint event hosted by the Psychological Society of South African (PsySSA) and the Pan-African Psychology Union.

Psychology for Society embodies the ideals to which the discipline ought to be striving in making ours a better and more just world, where inequalities, human rights abuses, ill health and suffering are reduced, and the wellbeing of all is enhanced. The aim of PAPU2017 sought to chart a positive trajectory for the growth of psychology in Africa, the scientific programme reflected global cutting-edge and critical trends, including epistemological, theoretical and applied developments and innovations that will contribute to the discipline in all its forms, so that there is more consonance between psychology and the people and environments that make up fast-changing societies everywhere.

The symposium presented the results of the students’ research studies relating to work and life satisfaction among low income workers, the link between low income work and psychopathology, the differential importance of salary for job satisfaction among graduates from low socio-economic economic background and the opportunity for employers of domestic workers to support their children's educational development.  The studies highlighted the benefit of creating decent work for employees, employers and the economy. This includes not just adequate financial rewards but a strong focus on people's wellbeing. They advocate that by making people rather than profits the primary concern, economic success will follow automatically.

Story By : Assoc Prof Suki Goodman