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Newsletter #13 July 2023

Welcome to the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing newsletter – July 2023

Living well in a digital world – what does it mean for wellbeing at work?
Our Evolve colleague, Senior Analyst Will Phillips from RAND Europe, participated in a ‘Gaitherin’ in Scotland about how we live well in a digital world. One of the key areas of discussion was wellbeing and productivity. He presented evidence from a RAND Europe study which explored the relationship between work behaviours, wellbeing and work outcomes. The study found that higher levels of wellbeing were related to higher productivity and that definitions of wellbeing vary and can be implemented in different ways to different groups of employees.  

The report on this fascinating event can be found here – with links to short videos from the day:  
What happens when you reallocate staff? New study shows implications for perceptions of organizational support
Professor Sara Connolly from our UEA team has been part of a study on the European Commission which looked into the implications of organizational reform and re-organisation for perceptions of organizational support. They wondered if staff members would respond to this process by adjusting their support for the Commission’s aims and whether it would impact on their plans to stay with the organization. They found that staff (re)allocations trigger distinct reactions among winners and losers as well as across staff types.  

This is, rarely for our work, not an open access journal article, so if interested, those outside academia may wish to email us for more information. Journal article can be found here:  
Partnerships for East Coast Communities opportunities to collaborate to improve jobs and lives [local news Norfolk / Essex / Suffolk, UK]
Last month we introduced to you our 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.  

If you live / work in Norfolk / Essex / Suffolk, UK you may be interested in attending one of our Open Space events over the summer to contribute to the debate and – if you are a local community group or charity – get involved in our bid. Sign up using the links below:   Felixstowe 4th July 2pm:
King’s Lynn 7th July 1pm:
Clacton 14th July 9:30am:
New podcast on introducing the 4-day working week drops in July…
Don’t forget to subscribe to the Evolve Podcast on your favourite podcast provider (Apple / Google / Spotify etc.).  

Our next podcast will drop on 19th July and it’s a corker – ever wondered what it is like to introduce the 4-day week in your workplace? Listen to Jonathan Sherlock from South Cambridgeshire District Council, Nina Jorden from The Bennett Institute and Professor Sara Connolly from our team, discussing the successful 4-day week trial at the council.   
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.

10th July 2023 (online) – Our third and final ‘sandpit’ workshop for the Partnerships for East Coast Communities project. You can still sign-up if interested:
Open space events for Partnerships for East Coast Communities project:
Felixstowe 4th July 2pm:
King’s Lynn 7th July 1pm:
Clacton 14th July 9:30am:  
In this section we compile interesting other evidence-informed links on workplace wellbeing that we have found interesting. The following are not produced by the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team.  

Interesting guidance for charities on measuring wellbeing impacts: Plugging the gap if you’re missing wellbeing data: Guidance for charities on valuing wellbeing impacts – What Works Wellbeing

A short blog on what we don’t yet know about hybrid working – and what research needs doing: What We Don’t Yet Know About Hybrid and Remote Working | IPPO (

A globally promoted online course on Advancing Decent Work in Business UN Global Compact Academy Open Courses  

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