|WHAT MATTERS FOR MENTAL HEALTH AND PRODUCTIVITY IN FINANCIAL SERVICES?
RAND Europe colleagues on the Evolve team prepared a briefing for the What Works Centre for Wellbeing focusing on a financial services company. They found that poor employee mental health can be related to some job-specific and working-culture characteristics such as: shift work, lack of flexible hours, unsupportive managers and strained working relationships. They offer recommendations for improving employee wellbeing without reducing performance.
|SELF-EFFICACY FOR WORKPLACE WELLBEING
New research from the UEA Workplace Wellbeing research team focuses on the topic of self-efficacy and how it was an important personal resource during the pandemic.
|THE VALUE OF VALUES
In this Institute for Volunteering blog by Evolve team members Prof. Sara Connolly and Dr Ritchie Woodard they explore the economic and individual benefits of workplace volunteering.
|AUTHENTICITY IN THE PURSUIT OF MUTUALITY
Last month we were delighted to announce the publication of our paper on how organisations could maintain authenticity with regard to wellbeing during the Pandemic. Now you can see team members Dr Rachel Nayani and Dr Marijana Baric give you an overview of the paper in a new short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRHCclIHB4E
and read the simplified ‘Learning and teaching guide’ for the paper here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/page/journal/14678551/homepage/teaching___learning_guides.htm
|ACHIEVING SUSTAINABLE WORKPLACE WELLBEING
Ever wondered why high quality, proven wellbeing initiatives can work in one organisation but fail in another? The new book “Achieving Sustainable Workplace Wellbeing” by members of the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team offers academic insight into issues of implementation, i.e. how workplace wellbeing initiatives are delivered, promoted and integrated into businesses.
Read more here: https://evolveworkplacewellbeing.org/new-academic-book-on-achieving-sustainable-workplace-wellbeing/
When the team is out and about, we are often asked how to find and download the practical resources that we have produced. Here are quick links to help you access them directly:
· From ‘What now??!’ to ‘What if?’: A comprehensive guide to exploring and embedding workplace wellbeing: https://evolveworkplacewellbeing.org/diagnostics/
· 4 Boosts for frontline workers (infographic, handbook, video): https://www.propelhub.org/how-to-improve-frontline-work-4-boosts-for-frontline-workers/
· Business case calculator (direct link): https://evolveworkplacewellbeing.org/business-calculator/#calculate
· Checklist for the pro-active management of remote workers: https://www.propelhub.org/a-checklist-for-the-pro-active-management-of-remote-workers/
|MEET THE TEAM AT UPCOMING EVENTS
· 19th Sept 2022, London: Westminster Employment Forum: Mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. Prof Kevin Daniels will be speaking at this Westminster Employment Forum conference to examine priorities for supporting mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
· 7th or 28th October (tbc) – Exciting day-long workplace wellbeing in-person event with PrOPEL Hub experts in wellbeing, conflict management, engagement, HR and innovation. We are just putting the finishing touches to planning for this day and will advertise in our next newsletter. Look out for it as we anticipate places will be filled quickly when everyone sees what’s on offer!
|OTHER INTERESTING LINKS
In this section we compile other evidence-informed links on workplace wellbeing that we have found interesting or that appear on our sister site the PrOPEL Hub: www.propelhub.org
These are not produced by the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing team.
Monitoring UK job quality
· ReWAGE is an independent expert advisory group modelled on SAGE, which supports government’s strategic response to the recovery and renewal of work and employment in the UK as it tackles the impact of Covid-19. They recently proposed developing a new approach to UK job quality: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ier/rewage/publications/monitoring_uk_job_quality__developing_a_new_approach_-_evidencepaperfinal_cw.pdf
Rights, regulation and resolution – developing a framework for better work
· This half-day online conference co-sponsored by Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS), the Centre for Decent Work, the ESRC PrOPEL Hub and the Civil Mediation Council brings together leading experts from the practitioner, policymaker and academic communities to explore how we might (re)conceive and (re) balance rights, regulatory and resolution processes to support the creation of healthier and more productive workplaces. What might such a framework look like, how might it be developed, and how can we persuade key stakeholders of the wisdom of such an undertaking? Rights, regulation and resolution – developing a framework for better work Tickets, Thu, Sep 29, 2022 at 9:30 AM | Eventbrite
Managing people in microbusinesses in a changing world
· The PrOPEL Hub has partnered with the Centre for Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurship to run a “Spotlight on Microbusinesses” event series. Through two workshop style sessions, we have brought together key stakeholders within the microbusiness ecosystem to explore people management challenges and identify priorities and actors to drive real change. Levelling Up: Managing people in microbusinesses in a changing world Tickets, Wed, Oct 5, 2022 at 1:30 PM | Eventbrite