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Newsletter #15 – September 2023

Welcome to the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing newsletter – September 2023

Evolve Evaluation Report and Next Steps

A big thank you to everyone who took part in our evaluation over the spring and summer! We were delighted by the overwhelmingly positive feedback. We also have some excellent ideas for how to take the toolkit / our workshops further. You can read the evaluation report here:

·      Responding to your comments, we have now put all the PDF resources together for ease of download at:

·      You can watch our explainer videos – including ideas in response to the question “How do I use the toolkit in practice”?

·      Later in the year, we will be opening the doors of the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing Network again – watch this space!

·        We will also be doing additional free workshops and webinars funded by the PrOPEL

·        We will be working on new evidence-based resources to share with you, translating cutting edge research into tools for practice.

How to avoid problematic email behaviour at work: new podcast!

We are delighted to call upon the expertise of Dr Emma Russell from the University of Sussex in podcast #6! She is a Reader in Occupational and Organisational Psychology and her research interests may spark interest in quite a few of you: she researches how people’s work email activity impacts their wellbeing and performance. For evidence-based insight on sorting out that bad email habit, look no further than our podcast!

Available on all good podcast directories, and also via direct link:

Job crafting insights: your perspective on the future makes a difference

Fascinating new research from Samuel Tetteh (PhD student at Norwich Business School) and colleagues suggests that how far you tend to look into the future – and have goals that extend into that future – can influence the extent to which you engage in job crafting activities.

Read more here:

A trio of useful RAND Europe reports – the state of work after COVID-19

Our colleagues at RAND Europe have been busy, working on useful reports that all reflect upon an aspect of working life after the changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

From considering the impact of homeworking on musculoskeletal disorders, to acknowledging the psychosocial risks involved, to examining why older workers have left their jobs, this trio of reports offers up to date insight – offering insight on questions you may have been asking in your own workplace.

The reports are:

·        Understanding the evidence on the impacts of COVID-19 on work-related musculoskeletal disorders | RAND

·        Minimum health and safety requirements for the protection of mental health in the workplace | RAND

·        Employment and age in the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area: Local evidence about workers aged 50 and older | RAND

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 and

2) What is in the toolkit

3) How to use the toolkit in practice.


·        28th September 2023 – Dr Helen Fitzhugh will attend the CIPD Northern Policy Forum: Health and Wellbeing in the Workplace


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

·        PrOPEL Hub colleagues talk about Job Crafting:

·        Are you aware of the Practice Examples Archive kept by the What Works Centre for Wellbeing? An interesting place to find case studies: Practices Examples Archive – What Works Wellbeing

 We will return for newsletter #16 in October

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The Evolve Workplace Wellbeing Team

Norwich Business School

University of East Anglia, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ

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