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Newsletter #20 – February 2024

New podcast – The Importance of Good Management

It’s the first anniversary of the Evolve Workplace Wellbeing podcast this week – and we have a great new instalment to celebrate. In this podcast, Dr Helen Fitzhugh talks with Chloe Jepps of CMI about the importance of good management for wellbeing, performance, retention and more.

Find the podcast on all usual podcast platforms (Apple, Google, Spotify etc.) or direct via this link:

Are you aware of the motherhood penalty – and what is your organisation doing to counter it?

In new research published by colleagues from King’s College London and our Evolve team member Prof Sara Connolly, analysis shows that women and mothers are under-represented in high quality jobs and over-represented in poor quality jobs. Read the plain English article or the full open access academic paper to understand that while some mothers sacrifice career prospects for flexibility, motherhood is not always associated with more flexibility, and there are many job quality disadvantages.

ARTICLE: Mothers are more likely to work worse jobs – while fathers thrive in careers (

ACADEMIC PAPER: Parenthood and Job Quality: Is There a Motherhood Penalty in the UK? | Social Indicators Research (

The PrOPEL Hub – Events in Belfast and Glasgow

It is not too late to sign up for two events filled with insights into evidence-based practice on people matters. Come to our people management hackathon in Belfast and the PrOPEL Hub 2024 conference in Glasgow. Both are free, including lunch.

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

·        The PROPEL Hub Conference – Insights for Productivity in UK Workplaces, Glasgow, 6-7 March 2024 Tickets l Eventbrite 

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

Join before 22nd February when our exclusive next quarterly session will offer insight into the consequences of wellbeing inequalities within workplaces – based on cutting edge research.

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.


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.

·        COURSE: Addressing workplace loneliness e-learning module – (

·        RESOURCES: Pride Plus: Building LGBTIQ+ Inclusive Business (

We will return for newsletter #21 in March

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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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