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Almeida, Shamika Dr.

Senior Lecturer

  • Faculty of Business and Law
  • School of Business
  • Discipline: Management

Overview


Before coming into academia, I worked in the corporate sector in fast-moving consumer goods, banking, apparel, travel and recruitment consulting industries for over ten years. My exposure to discrimination in the corporate sector motivated me to undertake a PhD at the University of Sydney to address these real-life experiences. Since this time, I have been passionate about giving a voice to the ‘underdogs’ of society. I use research, training and education to create awareness of exclusionary behaviour in the workplace and to identify mechanisms to create an inclusive society. In particular, my work explores skilled migrant employment and careers, gender-inclusive practices supporting career progression, life journeys of transgender women, the wellbeing of healthcare professionals and holistic organisational and leadership practices that are founded on a care based perspective.

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My research philosophy is to collaborate with peers to engage and conduct research in topics that I am passionate about and in which I can make a positive difference to a particular group of people within a community. My research expertise is in skill utilisation of employees, careers, employment barriers and success factors for skilled immigrants, employee wellbeing and corporate behaviour.

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


Presentations


Other Research Activities


Impact Story


  • <p>Seminar conducted at Wollongong Hospital on "Gratitude and Strength-Based Approach at Work" during the JMO Wellness Week - 16-20 September 2019.</p>
  • <strong><u>Undergraduate internships:</u> </strong>Shamika is the subject coordinator for the business undergraduate internship program. <p>Shamika aims to make a positive difference to support student employment outcomes. Consistently 15-20% of the students in the internship subject (COMM390/391) have been offered employment by their host organisations while many accredited the internship for their ability to secure graduate positions. </p>
  • <strong>Stress reduction: Masterclass conducted at ISLHD (Wollongong and Shoalhaven hospitals) in October and November 2019</strong> <br />Healthcare professionals are facing increasing job demands, including shift work and are required to manage complex patient needs. Such work demands can have a long term impact on staff wellbeing. The purpose of the workshop was to help individuals proactively develop<br />capabilities and resources to optimise flourishing behaviours in the workplace. The workshop aimed to help participants 1) identify and manage workplace-based stress triggers, 2) focus on individual strengths and strength spot peers, 3) and use gratitude at work more effectively.<br /><br />There were over 40 staff members who participated in the masterclass across the 2 hospitals.
  • <a href="https://magazine.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://magazine.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/index.html</a><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/UOW250367.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">l<br /><br /></a><p><strong>Championing the wellbeing and engagement of students and employees through workplace training and education</strong></p><p>When she arrived from Sri Lanka more than 14 years ago, Australia provided <a href="display/shamika_almeida" target="">Dr Shamika Almeida</a> and her family many opportunities to succeed both personally and professionally. The goodwill this acceptance and support generated inspires Dr Almeida to give back to her adopted home through her research and teaching.<br /><br />Dr Almeida’s personal experiences are intricately connected with her academic career, which she embarked upon after working in the corporate sector.<br /><br />Her research journey began with her PhD thesis on the topic of employer perceptions of skilled migrants and why employers may be hesitant to hire migrants.<br /><br />“I believe this research has the potential to change the stereotypes and mindset of employers who may be unwillingly discriminating against people based on incongruence with their own personal socio-cultural background,” Dr Almeida says.<br /><br />With the support of the internship team, in her role as the subject coordinator of the Faculty of Business’s undergraduate internship program, Dr Almeida helps to nurture student interns to be resourceful, use their personal strengths, be innovative, and become responsible stakeholders in the workforce. The internship program also aims to generate better graduate employment outcomes and cater to the unique needs of UOW’s regional students including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, lower socio-economic status (SES) students and international students.<br /><br />She highlights the internship team’s collaboration with the Accor Hotel Group and Claim Central Pty Ltd. over the past few years as prime examples of how internships have become an excellent opportunity for these organisations to source new talent.<br /><br />By working within organisations through workshops and seminars, such as a recent program at Claim Central, on understanding personal strengths and aligning strengths for increased engagement at work, Dr Almeida supports organisational change in the real-world.<br /><br />Dr Almeida is also collaborating with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to support wellbeing and resilience of their healthcare workers. For example, Dr Almeida is a core team member of the IMAGINE team who conducted a ‘Wellness Wednesday’ program at Bulli hospital for two cohorts this year.<br /><br />Overall, the participants of the Wellness Wednesday program note that they learnt to appreciate the importance of self-care, become more connected and built positive relationships with their peers, experienced personal growth and were able to share their learning with others.</p><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/UOW250367.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>
  • 2 online sessions conducted on 1) Mindful gratitude at work for an improved sense of belonging and 2) Creating a positive workplace culture through strength spotting peers targeting the Liverpool hospital ED registrars in 2020. The sessions were delivered as part of their scheduled teaching session.

Available as Research Supervisor

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Skill migration
    Career progression
    Diversity and inclusion
    Workplace wellbeing and engagement

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Use of Positive Psychology by Women in STEM Fields: An Exploratory Study on Women in Solar Decathlon Projects Wijayawardena, Kanchana
    Doctor of Philosophy Mindfulness, Resilience and Well-being: Its impact on Organizational Outcomes Rauf, Afshan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Employee Wellbeing among Healthcare Casual Workers in Saudi Arabia Aljuraibi, Mohammed Ali
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How does the Lived Experience of Moral Injury Influence Career Progression in Nursing? Russell, Suzi
    Doctor of Philosophy THE EFFECT OF NARCISSISTIC LEADERSHIP ON EMPLOYEES’ WORKPLACE FLOURISHING Tagoe, Theophilus

Outreach Overview


  • Equity student transition and employment: I was the acting Chair of the Educational Inclusion committee (2017-19) which is a Subcommittee of the Faculty Executive Committee with particular responsibility for providing recommendations to the Faculty to increase enrolments and the academic success of domestic students who are from indigenous groups and low socio-economic group. We have successfully received funding through the HEPP (Higher Education Participation and Partnerships) program in 2016 and 2017 to create holistic engagement and lifelong learning and employability of equity Business students. In 2018, we also received funding under the HEPP program to deliver targeted interventions such as tutoring and develop workshops to support internship opportunities for equity students in the Business faculty. I am also a core member of a business academic team that was funded by LTC under the Jindaola project in 2017 to embed Indigenous Knowledge into Faculty of Business curriculum.

Reviewer Of


Teaching Overview


  • My teaching philosophy is to collaborate with the like-minded group of peers and create inclusive teaching practices that help students who originate from diverse backgrounds to connect with their peers and develop critical consciousness and new ways of learning. Such engagement and connection with peers from diverse backgrounds can help students to actively challenge themselves, empower them enabling an ongoing ability to engage in self-reflection. I have pursued continued professional development related learning and teaching (completion of University Learning and Teaching course), had a positive impact on student learning, and actively participated in collaborative learning and teaching related activities with the wider community (coordinating the Business internship program) for mutual benefit in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Keywords


  • Wellbeing
    Engagement
    Skill maximisation
    Women in STEM

Full Name


  • Dr. Shamika Almeida

Mailing Address


  • School of Management, Operations and Management, UOW

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Top Publications


Research Overview


  • My research philosophy is to collaborate with peers to engage and conduct research in topics that I am passionate about and in which I can make a positive difference to a particular group of people within a community. My research expertise is in skill utilisation of employees, careers, employment barriers and success factors for skilled immigrants, employee wellbeing and corporate behaviour.

Selected Publications


Presentations


Other Research Activities


Impact Story


  • <p>Seminar conducted at Wollongong Hospital on "Gratitude and Strength-Based Approach at Work" during the JMO Wellness Week - 16-20 September 2019.</p>
  • <strong><u>Undergraduate internships:</u> </strong>Shamika is the subject coordinator for the business undergraduate internship program. <p>Shamika aims to make a positive difference to support student employment outcomes. Consistently 15-20% of the students in the internship subject (COMM390/391) have been offered employment by their host organisations while many accredited the internship for their ability to secure graduate positions. </p>
  • <strong>Stress reduction: Masterclass conducted at ISLHD (Wollongong and Shoalhaven hospitals) in October and November 2019</strong> <br />Healthcare professionals are facing increasing job demands, including shift work and are required to manage complex patient needs. Such work demands can have a long term impact on staff wellbeing. The purpose of the workshop was to help individuals proactively develop<br />capabilities and resources to optimise flourishing behaviours in the workplace. The workshop aimed to help participants 1) identify and manage workplace-based stress triggers, 2) focus on individual strengths and strength spot peers, 3) and use gratitude at work more effectively.<br /><br />There were over 40 staff members who participated in the masterclass across the 2 hospitals.
  • <a href="https://magazine.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://magazine.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/index.html</a><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/UOW250367.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">l<br /><br /></a><p><strong>Championing the wellbeing and engagement of students and employees through workplace training and education</strong></p><p>When she arrived from Sri Lanka more than 14 years ago, Australia provided <a href="display/shamika_almeida" target="">Dr Shamika Almeida</a> and her family many opportunities to succeed both personally and professionally. The goodwill this acceptance and support generated inspires Dr Almeida to give back to her adopted home through her research and teaching.<br /><br />Dr Almeida’s personal experiences are intricately connected with her academic career, which she embarked upon after working in the corporate sector.<br /><br />Her research journey began with her PhD thesis on the topic of employer perceptions of skilled migrants and why employers may be hesitant to hire migrants.<br /><br />“I believe this research has the potential to change the stereotypes and mindset of employers who may be unwillingly discriminating against people based on incongruence with their own personal socio-cultural background,” Dr Almeida says.<br /><br />With the support of the internship team, in her role as the subject coordinator of the Faculty of Business’s undergraduate internship program, Dr Almeida helps to nurture student interns to be resourceful, use their personal strengths, be innovative, and become responsible stakeholders in the workforce. The internship program also aims to generate better graduate employment outcomes and cater to the unique needs of UOW’s regional students including the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, lower socio-economic status (SES) students and international students.<br /><br />She highlights the internship team’s collaboration with the Accor Hotel Group and Claim Central Pty Ltd. over the past few years as prime examples of how internships have become an excellent opportunity for these organisations to source new talent.<br /><br />By working within organisations through workshops and seminars, such as a recent program at Claim Central, on understanding personal strengths and aligning strengths for increased engagement at work, Dr Almeida supports organisational change in the real-world.<br /><br />Dr Almeida is also collaborating with the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District to support wellbeing and resilience of their healthcare workers. For example, Dr Almeida is a core team member of the IMAGINE team who conducted a ‘Wellness Wednesday’ program at Bulli hospital for two cohorts this year.<br /><br />Overall, the participants of the Wellness Wednesday program note that they learnt to appreciate the importance of self-care, become more connected and built positive relationships with their peers, experienced personal growth and were able to share their learning with others.</p><a href="https://www.uow.edu.au/research/impact-makers/UOW250367.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"></a>
  • 2 online sessions conducted on 1) Mindful gratitude at work for an improved sense of belonging and 2) Creating a positive workplace culture through strength spotting peers targeting the Liverpool hospital ED registrars in 2020. The sessions were delivered as part of their scheduled teaching session.

Potential Supervision Topics


  • Skill migration
    Career progression
    Diversity and inclusion
    Workplace wellbeing and engagement

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Use of Positive Psychology by Women in STEM Fields: An Exploratory Study on Women in Solar Decathlon Projects Wijayawardena, Kanchana
    Doctor of Philosophy Mindfulness, Resilience and Well-being: Its impact on Organizational Outcomes Rauf, Afshan
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Employee Wellbeing among Healthcare Casual Workers in Saudi Arabia Aljuraibi, Mohammed Ali
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How does the Lived Experience of Moral Injury Influence Career Progression in Nursing? Russell, Suzi
    Doctor of Philosophy THE EFFECT OF NARCISSISTIC LEADERSHIP ON EMPLOYEES’ WORKPLACE FLOURISHING Tagoe, Theophilus

Outreach Overview


  • Equity student transition and employment: I was the acting Chair of the Educational Inclusion committee (2017-19) which is a Subcommittee of the Faculty Executive Committee with particular responsibility for providing recommendations to the Faculty to increase enrolments and the academic success of domestic students who are from indigenous groups and low socio-economic group. We have successfully received funding through the HEPP (Higher Education Participation and Partnerships) program in 2016 and 2017 to create holistic engagement and lifelong learning and employability of equity Business students. In 2018, we also received funding under the HEPP program to deliver targeted interventions such as tutoring and develop workshops to support internship opportunities for equity students in the Business faculty. I am also a core member of a business academic team that was funded by LTC under the Jindaola project in 2017 to embed Indigenous Knowledge into Faculty of Business curriculum.

Reviewer Of


Teaching Overview


  • My teaching philosophy is to collaborate with the like-minded group of peers and create inclusive teaching practices that help students who originate from diverse backgrounds to connect with their peers and develop critical consciousness and new ways of learning. Such engagement and connection with peers from diverse backgrounds can help students to actively challenge themselves, empower them enabling an ongoing ability to engage in self-reflection. I have pursued continued professional development related learning and teaching (completion of University Learning and Teaching course), had a positive impact on student learning, and actively participated in collaborative learning and teaching related activities with the wider community (coordinating the Business internship program) for mutual benefit in a context of partnership and reciprocity.

Keywords


  • Wellbeing
    Engagement
    Skill maximisation
    Women in STEM

Full Name


  • Dr. Shamika Almeida

Mailing Address


  • School of Management, Operations and Management, UOW

    Northfields Ave

    Wollongong

    NSW

    2522

    Australia

Geographic Focus