Quality of Work Life Task Force Plans Follow-up Focus Groups

Posted: November 10, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Results from the university-wide Quality of Work Life survey, completed last spring, indicate that child care is a source of stress for employees and committee work is a source of stress for instructional faculty members at George Mason. The Quality of Work Life Task Force, in conjunction with the Office of University Life, is planning focus groups to follow up on these concerns.

With regard to the focus group on child care, the aim will be to clarify the sources of stress, identify specific child care issues that are stressful, and obtain suggestions for solutions and improvements.

Three separate focus groups on the child care issue will be held next week:

  • Monday, Nov. 15, 9 to10 a.m. SUB I, Room B, on the Fairfax Campus
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 10 to 11 a.m., Occoquan Building, Room 110L, on the Prince William Campus
  • Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2 to 3 p.m., Original Building, Room 253, on the Arlington Campus

With regard to the focus group on committee work, the aim will be to clarify the sources of stress, identify specific aspects of committee work that are stressful, and obtain suggestions for solutions and improvements.

The focus group on committee work will meet via teleconference next Monday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. Locations are:

  • Science and Technology Building I, Room 110, on the Fairfax Campus
  • Occoquan Building, Room 221, on the Prince William Campus
  • Original Building, Room 335, on the Arlington Campus

The focus groups will be led by Kathryn Baughman and Kate Morse, research assistants to Louis Buffardi, Psychology. For more information, contact Linda Harber, assistant vice president, Human Resources, or Sandra Hubler, vice president for university life. All information from the focus groups will be kept completely confidential and will be used by the Quality of Work Life Task Force to implement any possible solutions.

Refreshments will be served at all focus groups.

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