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Newsletter #12 – June 2023

Thought-provoking new paper published on the consequences of how we talk and think about wellbeing in businesses

This new open access paper is part of a Special Issue on wellbeing edited by Evolve colleague Dr David Watson and others. It probes into the way workplace wellbeing is commonly justified and put forward in businesses. It identifies some problematic ideas that can arise: over-individualisation of responsibility for wellbeing; a strategic rather than moral commitment to employee wellbeing; and an inability to imagine better ways of organising that could support wellbeing more than current hierarchies.

If you’d like a thought-provoking read this morning, try…
Re-organising wellbeing: Contexts, critiques and contestations of dominant wellbeing narratives – David Watson, James Wallace, Christopher Land, Jana Patey, 2023 (  
Professor Kevin Daniels heading to Germany!

Our Evolve Colleague Professor Kevin Daniels has received a Research Award from the German Humboldt Foundation ‘in recognition of the award winner’s entire academic record to date’. Congratulations Kevin! This honour will allow Kevin to travel to Germany to collaborate with colleagues at the University of Kassel and produce even more wellbeing insights to share with us all. Watch this space.  
Partnerships for East Coast Communities opportunities to collaborate to improve jobs and lives [local news Norfolk / Essex / Suffolk, UK]

We are delighted to announce a new initiative to identify ways to bring about better health and employment outcomes in coastal economies, communities and the coastal environment. The initiative involves the County Councils of Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk and the Universities of Suffolk, Essex and East Anglia. It is designed to bring together these six institutions and a range of others – including colleges, businesses, voluntary organisations and coastal district councils.

To be part of this collaboration please sign up to our research ‘sandpits’ if you are local to the East of England:  
Great podcast line-up over the summer…

Don’t forget
to subscribe to the Evolve Podcast on your favourite podcast provider (Apple / Google / Spotify etc.).

We are just in the process of arranging our line-up for the summer to include people talking about:
– The 4-day week
– The Evolve Toolkit
– Supporting organisational change.

The next podcast should drop within the fortnight!  
Still not sure how to make the most of the Evolve toolkit?

Here are short videos on:
1) What the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing toolkit is
2) What is in the toolkit
3) How to use the toolkit in practice.  

6th June 2023 (online) – From Norfolk, Suffolk or Essex? Join our team at the first Partnerships for East Coast Communities ‘sandpit’ where we will look for new ways to improve jobs and the local environment in university-community collaborations:

14th June 2023 (Norwich) – This follow-up event for Voluntary Norfolk, Engaging Communities will help people in Voluntary and Community Sector organisations move forward with workplace wellbeing via insight and peer learning.

20th June (Norwich) Two events in one day!
Rescheduled Financial Wellbeing Business Breakfast meeting – NBS Business Breakfast : Improving Financial Wellbeing in UK Workers Tickets, Fri 28 Apr 2023 at 07:30 | Eventbrite
CIPD local members event on wellbeing:  

In this section we compile interesting other evidence-informed links on workplace wellbeing that we have found interesting. The following is not produced by the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team.

Why and when is it okay to work when we are sick? The health-performance framework of presenteeism – Psychology at Nottingham Trent University (
Are we working too much? The UK’s four-day week trial – YouTube  

We will return for newsletter #13 in July

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