Wellbeing research - Museums Association

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Wellbeing research

Research to shape our future campaigning on workforce wellbeing

We are committed to supporting workforce wellbeing, and believe that good workforce wellbeing is an indicator of a healthy and productive organisation.

Museums have a role to play in improving community wellbeing, and we know that museums are better placed to support their communities if we support the colleagues engaging and working with them.

We’re launching this wellbeing questionnaire as part of our research into workforce wellbeing, which will provide an evidence base to help shape and inform our future campaigning and activities in this area.

The research will also provide an evidence base for other organisations to develop their practice, influence commitments or obtain funding.

We encourage everyone to complete the anonymous questionnaire, reflecting on your experience within the sector and your current wellbeing.

Please complete the questionnaire by Monday 22 August.

We understand that reflecting on past experiences can sometimes be uncomfortable or challenging. If you’re struggling, do take a look at our Wellbeing Hub, where you can find supporting resources.

If you want to discuss this research please email Tamsin Russell, workforce development officer, via tamsin@museumsassociation.org.

“It’s been a tough few years for everyone working with and in museums and for the communities that we work with. We need to support our wellbeing by looking out for each other and after each other and the MA already has lots of resources on our Wellbeing Hub.

“We are now launching a survey to better understand what support you need – please take the time to share your thoughts so that we can continue to support your wellbeing and can also campaign for progressive employment practice and terms and conditions.”

Sharon Heal, director, Museums Association

“We know that the last two years have had a clear impact on individual and community wellbeing. As the professional body for those that work in and with museums, we want to take this opportunity to pause and reflect on the current wellbeing of the sector.

“Rather than developing a response in isolation, we are interested in your experiences – for example, which factors are affecting wellbeing, what museums are putting in place to support wellbeing, both for their workforce and when working with communities, and the recent pivot to hybrid working.”

Tamsin Russell, workforce development officer, Museums Association


Wellbeing Hub

Resources for workforce wellbeing throughout the sector