Your Job. How satisfied are you? What matters most to you? We’re exploring the factors behind job satisfaction and burnout.

How do job demands (e.g., work overload), job resources (e.g., organisational and co-worker support), and personal resources (e.g., psychological flexibility, mindfulness, emotional stability, job crafting), influence a person’s engagement at work, their psychological well-being, their job satisfaction, and their intention to stay in their job?

Research into the well-being of Australian workers is currently being conducted at the University of Southern Queensland, as part of the ACCELL program of research. Our goal is to better understand how different factors fit together, and which ones contribute to people feeling motivated and satisfied at work and which ones contribute to people feeling burnt out and dissatisfied at work.

We are looking for Australian citizens or permanent residents, aged 18 years or older, who are currently working in some form of paid employment (e.g., casual, part-time, full-time) to complete an online survey. The survey takes, on average, approximately 20 minutes. It can be completed over several sittings, with the results saved in between, upon creation of a personal login.

If you are willing to help us by completing the survey, here is the link:

This research project has ethical approval from the University of Southern Queensland (Human Research Ethics Approval Number – H20REA047). Our sincere thanks in advance for competing the survey, should you decide to do so. Your input into this study will be extremely valuable.

Future Teachers’ Career Adaptability, Self-Efficacy and Optimism

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Find the full research article here:

McLennan, B., McIlveen, P., & Perera, H. N. (2017). Pre-service teachers’ self-efficacy mediates the relationship between career adaptability and career optimism. Teaching and Teacher Education, 63, 176-185.

Teacher Personality Links with Job Satisfaction and Work Engagement


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Find the complete research article here:

Perera, H. N., Granziera, H., & McIlveen, P. (2018). Profiles of teacher personality and relations with teacher self-efficacy, work engagement, and job satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 120, 171-178.

Growing the STEM of Agriculture

Agriculture is a multi-billion dollar industry. But, its workforce is not realising its potential. Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professionals are in demand within the Australian agriculture sector. The problem is a lack of knowledge about how to best attract new STEM talent into the industry and also keep the skilled talent already in the field. A solution is to develop more effective strategies to boost their careers within this vital industry

USQ and ACCELL PhD researcher, Kristen Lovric, is using different perspectives focused on agriculturalists’ beliefs, feelings and needs, and how their work and organisations contribute to their intentions to persist in their careers. We know that agriculturalists–Soil and Plant Scientists, Agronomists, Plant Pathologists, Entomologists, Research Assistants, Precision Agriculture Technicians, Laboratory Technicians, Agricultural Engineers and Biostatisticians, just to name a few–are crucial to agriculture’s future. How can we support their careers?

We will donate $1 to Rural Aid (up to the value of $300) for every STEM professional in agriculture who complete a 15-minute online survey about their careers.  This survey will inform how we address the big challenge of boosting STEM professionals’ careers in agriculture.

If you’re a STEM professional in agriculture then please click here:

If you know a STEM professional in agriculture then please share our page and encourage them to complete the survey.

You can follow Kristen’s research journey on Twitter here: @LovricKristen