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Newsletter #19 – January 2024

PrOPEL Hub events special – You are invited!

We are long-term members of the PrOPEL Hub team, providing evidence-based insight on people management issues. Have you ever had a look at the content on the website: ?

Come and meet our team in person at one of the free PrOPEL Hub 2024 events around the UK…


The PrOPEL Hub People Management Hackathons

These events are targeted at people managers and HR stakeholders with an interest in evidence-based workplace practice. We will bring a team of PrOPEL Hub experts (including members of the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team) who are keen to share evidence-informed toolkits and insights on issues ranging from workplace wellbeing to conflict resolution and employee engagement. Join us for either of these free interactive workshops and networking lunch.

Sheffield, 1st Feb: The PrOPEL Hub People Management Hackathon, 1 February 2024 Tickets, Thu 1 Feb 2024 at 10:30 | Eventbrite

Belfast, 29th February The PrOPEL Hub People Management Hackathon, Belfast, 29 February 2024 Tickets, Thu 29 Feb 2024 at 10:30 | Eventbrite


The PrOPEL Hub Conference (6th / 7th March 2024 – Glasgow)

Join us on either or both days to:

  • Hear from leading PrOPEL Hub researchers and partners on the role of the workplace and workplace levers in driving employee engagement, wellbeing, innovation and productivity.
  • Hear the results from major research projects on what works in workplace wellbeing; improving job quality; influencing management decision-making; improving conflict resolution.


Ongoing Call for Research Participants! Please take part / spread word

Are you a manager in a UK organisation? We are looking to recruit around 25 managers (any level of management) to speak with us for 45 mins in before 31st January about their decision-making around workplace wellbeing. In honour of each participating manager’s time contribution we will give £20 in shopping vouchers to The Feed – an organisation working to abolish food poverty in local communities.

Email back to if you are interested in being involved and please encourage others to take part. Please include your full name, role and UK organisation in your email so we can get back to you.


New insight into the wellbeing implications of changing jobs

New research led by Professor Simonetta Longhi of the University of Reading, involving our colleague Prof Sara Connolly, has been published offering insight into the subjective wellbeing implications of changing jobs. Changing job is associated with large swings in job satisfaction, but not all job changes are equal. Changes in workplace are associated with increased job satisfaction only when they are associated with a change in job role. The largest associations are for changing employers. These associations extend beyond job satisfaction to mental health and, to a lesser extent, life satisfaction. Changes in broader wellbeing are especially pronounced for women.

The full paper (open access) can be found here:

Do all job changes increase wellbeing? – Longhi – Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society – Wiley Online Library


How to make the most of the Evolve toolkit?

View our 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.


Evolve Network currently open to new members!

Join our free Evolve Workplace Wellbeing Online Network for:

·       Quarterly online research insight and discussion sessions

·       Monthly office hours on any workplace wellbeing



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.


·         Curtail Zero Hour Contracts and give workers guaranteed work hours, say Warwick researchers – News Archive – ReWAGE – IER Warwick University

·         Have you seen the HSE’s updated Homeworking guidance? Home working – HSE



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